After many years of success, is no longer in operation. We would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the organization over the past decade including our dedicated researchers, newspaper editors, readers and funders. However, now it is time to move onto new ways of looking at knowledge mobilization and policy. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Shannon Sampert at

Providing benefits not burdens

Why is the Canada Revenue Agency denying the Disability Tax Credit to those who need it most? A version of this commentary appeared in Policy Options, the Hill Times and the Vancouver Province “Providing benefits not burdens” is how former Health Minister, Judy LaMarsh once described the vision for disability policy in Canada. Unfortunately, this […]

“What gets measured gets done”

The most recent data on Canadian children with disabilities is almost a decade old   “The true measure of a nation’s standing is how well it attends to its children, including their health, safety, material security, education and socialization and their sense of being loved, valued and included in the families and societies into which […]

Alléger le fardeau des personnes handicapées et non l’alourdir

Pourquoi l’Agence du revenu du Canada refuse-t-elle le crédit d’impôt pour personnes handicapées à ceux qui en ont le plus besoin? « Offrir des avantages et ne pas alourdir le fardeau », c’est ainsi que l’ancienne ministre de la Santé, Judy LaMarsh, a décrit la vision de la politique sur les personnes handicapées au Canada. Malheureusement, cette […]

« Ce qui peut être mesuré peut être fait »

Les dernières données sur les enfants canadiens handicapés remontent à près de dix ans   « Le niveau réel d’un pays se mesure à l’attention qu’il accorde à ses enfants, à leur santé et à leur sécurité, à leur situation matérielle, à leur éducation et à leur socialisation, ainsi qu’à leur sentiment d’être aimés, appréciés et intégrés […]

Can filing taxes be a treatment for poverty? Here’s how doctors are helping their low-income patients

While the link between poverty and poor health outcomes is well established, experts say that many health care providers feel unequipped to intervene. Nancy McPherson, a Population Health Analyst, says that one solution is for health practitioners to diagnose and treat poverty, like any other physical condition. An immediate step is to encourage patients to […]

Why do Canada’s children lag so far behind?

A version of this podcast appeared in the Huffington Post In a recent UNICEF report, Canada ranked in the bottom half of the world’s richest countries in overall child well-being and child equality. Experts say that a lack of access to healthcare and inadequate support for parents are reasons why Canada lags behind. Dr. Denis Daneman from the […]

Le Canada doit repenser son approche en matière de petite enfance

L’UNICEF a publié récemment un classement des 29 pays les plus riches de la planète en fonction du bien-être des enfants. Le Canada figure en 17e position, ce qui le place dans le peloton de queue en ce qui touche certains facteurs comme la pauvreté chez les enfants, le bien‑être affectif et la satisfaction de vivre.

Child poverty a Canadian problem

UNICEF’S most recent report on child well-being in rich countries ranked Canada 17 out of 29 countries assessed. Sadly, this isn’t news. The House of Commons resolved to eradicate child poverty in 1989, but in late 2013, Statistics Canada reported that 967,000 children in this country still lived in low-income homes.