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

    The budget that could have been

    by David Macdonald on March 23, 2017 Even in the worst of times, budgets are rarely hemmed in by “economic necessity.” They are reflections of the values of the party in power. One government might look at economic...

    Saskatchewan’s Cruel and Unusual Budget

    by Simon Enoch on March 23, 2017 Despite the provincial government’s insistence that its budget cuts would “strike a balance” among those effected, Wednesday’s budget sure seemed to favour...

    #Budget2017: baby step on climate when a leap is needed

    by Hadrian Mertins-Kirkwood on March 22, 2017 Budget 2017 maintains the federal government’s modest momentum on climate action. The latest plan builds on the investments made in Budget 2016 with new spending on clean...

    The budget will better the lives of women in Canada

    by Kate McInturff on March 22, 2017 Men and women are different. That shouldn’t be news, but today it is. Today, the government released the first federal budget that includes a look at the differences between men...

    Three loopholes the feds should close (and one they might)

    by David Macdonald on March 21, 2017 There has been plenty of discussion from the federal government, especially in the lead-up to this week’s budget, about closing tax loopholes (expenditures/breaks/preferences)....
  • Latest posts from policynote.ca

    It’s time to give high tech workers equal basic rights

    by David Fairey on March 28, 2017 The BC government recently announced an update to its BC Jobs Plan that focused on measures to encourage increased employment in nine key sectors of the economy. One of those...

    Canada Budget opens door to public private partnerships; Manitoba opens door to P3 secrecy

    by Keith Reynolds on March 22, 2017 Wednesday’s federal Budget reaffirms the Canadian Government’s commitment to its promised “Canada Infrastructure Bank.” This opens the door to having corporations...

    BC Budget 2017: $600 million in tax breaks for business

    by Alex Hemingway on March 17, 2017 Does the BC business sector need a tax cut? Not so much. But Budget 2017 promises to give business over $600 million in additional annual tax breaks nonetheless. That’s more than...

    Affordable housing and jobs: Now is the time to build

    by Marc Lee on March 16, 2017 The BC government is spending millions on advertising to promote its actions on affordable housing. In Metro Vancouver, however, where the crisis is most acute, there is no sign...

    Fixing the carbon tax: A closer look at the BC NDP’s climate plan

    by Marc Lee on March 14, 2017 The BC NDP unveiled its climate plan in early February, and its key plank is to increase the BC carbon tax from its current $30 per tonne to $50 per tonne by 2022, in line with...
  • Latest posts from the Manitoba Office blog:

    ID requirements will limit turnout

    by admin on March 28, 2017 By Lisa Forbes, Molly McCracken and Ellen Smirl First published in the Winnipeg Free Press March 28, 2017 On March 20th Minister of Justice Heather Stefanson introduced an...

    How can Winnipeg reduce poverty?

    by admin on March 21, 2017 Dear supporting organizations for Make Poverty History Manitoba, We are holding consultations for developing a City of Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Plan, with consultations starting...

    The Unbearable Resilience of P3s

    by admin on March 21, 2017 By Lynne Fernandez On March 6, 2017, the Winnipeg Free Press reported that the Manitoba government was examining Saskatchewan’s experience with using Public Private Partnerships...

    Funding non-profit organizations gives good value for money

    by admin on March 15, 2017 By Shaun MacKinnon, Several small non-profit organizations (NPOs) are nervously awaiting Manitoba’s 2017 budget. Funding sources they’ve come to rely on have been ‘on pause’ for...

    Fudging numbers presents distorted picture

    by admin on March 13, 2017 By Lynne Fernandez In Aiming for ‘average’ could help Manitoba, Peter Holle resorts to sleight of hand to convince us that Manitoba’s public sector is responsible for the province...