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Renewing Canada’s Social Architecture


A series of research papers that look at the social architecture — the  suite of social programs and policies familiar to generations of Canadians — that offer some fresh ideas on how to introduce change and renewal.

Research was a joint effort from the Mowat Centre, the Caledon Institute, the Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity and the Institute for Research on Public Policy.

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Lower Risk, Higher Reward

August 11, 2015 | Mowat Centre

Renewing Canada’s Retirement Income System

This report for the Social Architecture series looks at how well the retirement income system is serving Canadians, and how it can be improved. Read More

Growing Pains

June 23, 2015 | Mowat Centre

Childcare in Canada

Despite the evidence that effective childcare policies boost employment and promote child development, most governments in Canada have neglected childcare, leaving a significant gap. Read More

Renewing Canada’s Social Architecture Framing Paper

May 13, 2015 | Mowat Centre This paper outlines the focus of the Renewing Canada's Social Architecture project - looking at the ways that Canada has changed and where our social policies and programs have failed to keep pace. Read More

Employment Skills Training

May 13, 2015 | Mowat Centre This report examines federal support for employment skills training in Canada and highlights the disconnect between the design of programs and today's needs. Read More

Access to Affordable Housing

May 13, 2015 | Mowat Centre This report examines the pressures on access to affordable housing in Canada and the options available to address housing needs. Read More