Blogs

Stay informed and up-to-date! The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) has three blogs that deliver timely, progressive commentary on issues that affect Canadians. Our blogs address a range of public policy matters, including the economy, poverty, inequality, climate change, budgets, taxes, public services, employment and much more.

Find out more about each of our blogs below:

Behind the Numbers (National Office, Ontario Office, Nova Scotia Office, and Saskatchewan Office)

Behind the Numbers offers progressive and thought-provoking views from some of the leading voices in Canadian public policy. Contributors include staff and research associates from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Policy Note (BC Office)

Policy Note examines and analyzes current and emerging policy debates, and offers solutions that are both practical and hopeful. One blog post at a time, Policy Note offers a vision of a new, vibrant British Columbia where all citizens benefit from our province’s bounty. Contributors include staff and research associates from the BC Office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Policy Fix (Manitoba Office)

Policy Fix delivers progressive analysis and commentary relevant to the issues of importance to Manitobans, with a particular emphasis on poverty and labour. Contributors include staff and research associates from the Manitoba Office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Please note that the views expressed on these blogs are those of the individual contributors, and do not necessarily represent the views of the CCPA.

Behind the Numbers
Policy Note
Policy Fix
  • Latest posts from behindthenumbers.ca

    A cure for deficit and tax phobia

    by Alex Himelfarb on February 26, 2021 The upcoming federal budget is likely to set the terms of the next federal election. The deficit hawks who had been quiet during much of the early pandemic spending are back in...

    Rethinking pink day

    by Amanda Gebhard on February 24, 2021 Throughout February and March, organizations across Canada participated in Pink Shirt Day, a nationwide “anti-bullying” movement. Pink t-shirts emblazoned with slogans like “Be a...

    U.S. farm groups and unions ask Biden to end CUSMA attack on Canada’s supply management system

    by Cathy Holtslander on February 15, 2021 On February 1, American farm, labour and civil society organizations formally asked the Biden-Harris administration to withdraw the attack on Canada’s dairy sector initiated by...

    Tripping over TRIPS

    by Katie Raso on February 11, 2021 The new year brought with it a spate of new COVID-19 lockdowns across much of the world alongside worries of new and more contagious variants of the novel coronavirus. For Canada...

    Rents keep going up, pandemic or not 

    by CCPA on February 9, 2021 News stories of rents for vacant apartments going down, coupled with anecdotes about landlords offering incentives to attract tenants, have fuelled the notion that renters have...
  • Latest posts from policynote.ca

    Will BC enact a robust paid sick days plan, or will corporate power derail it?

    by Alex Hemingway on September 17, 2021 British Columbians are on the cusp of winning a meaningful right to paid sick days – if the powerful corporate lobby doesn’t get its way. Paid sick days are common sense and...

    Robust wealth tax could raise $363B over 10 years

    by Alex Hemingway on September 14, 2021 Amid a rise in extreme inequality, the idea of an annual tax on the wealth of the super-rich has risen to prominence in recent years in many countries. New analysis shows that a...

    For climate’s sake, Canada Pension Plan needs to take a serious look at its investments

    by James Rowe on September 10, 2021 The Canada Pension Plan (CPP) manages the pensions of 20 million Canadians. In a recent Corporate Mapping Project report, we found that the CPP has increased the number of shares...

    11 steps for Budgets ‘22 and beyond toward a more just society

    by David Green on August 25, 2021 As a fourth wave of COVID-19 ramps up, the impact of the pandemic on the economy, policymaking and budgets has not gone away. More broadly, government responses to the pandemic at...

    CPP oil investments on the rise

    by James Rowe on August 12, 2021 From unprecedented droughts to deadly heat waves, climate change is making the present—and all of our futures—less secure. The dream of a tranquil retirement is already being...
  • Latest posts from the Manitoba Office blog:

    Speaking Up Fall 2021

    by policyfix on September 7, 2021 Hi there, You are invited to our fall 2021 season of Speaking Up. Our first speaker is James Bedford from the Manitoba Teacher’s Society speaking on the, now...

    Hard Infrastructure, Hard Times

    by policyfix on August 24, 2021 First published in the Winnipeg Free Press, Tuesday August 24, 2021 By Jesse Hajer, Jennifer Keith and Michael Conway For several years the Manitoba government led...

    The Automatic Trigger For an Environmental Review Not so Automatic

    by policyfix on June 29, 2021 Image credit: Discover the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada video By Don Sullivan The list of physical activities as defined under regulations is pretty clear. Any...

    Provincial call for Winnipeg Public-Private Partnership for Sewage Stinks

    by policyfix on June 28, 2021 By Molly McCracken

    We’re hiring

    by policyfix on June 24, 2021 Canada Summer Jobs Student Position: 2021 State of the Inner City  Background The State of the Inner City Report is an annual community-based research collaboration...