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Low Income Ontarians More Prone to Debt Problems (Ontario Study)

Over the last two decades, precarious or insecure employment in Canada has increased by almost 50%, as 1 in 7 Canadians lives in poverty. Part-time work is becoming more common.  Wages are not increasing fast enough to keep up with rising costs, resulting in higher personal debt levels. All of this explains why a bankruptcy […]


J. Doug Hoyes
J. Doug Hoyes
J. Douglas Hoyes, B.A., C.A., CPA, CIRP is a Licensed Insolvency Trustee and co-founder of Hoyes, Michalos & Associates Inc. in Ontario, Canada. He is also the host of Debt Free in 30, a weekly podcast about how to handle money and debt.

Charter of Rights and Homeless Persons

Many Canadians are living in poverty, and people from certain groups are overrepresented in those who are suffering poverty’s adverse effects, no matter how we measure or define “poverty”. For example, a 2015 study by the Edmonton Social Planning Council revealed troublesome statistics: one in eight Edmontonians lives below the poverty line; Alberta has the […]


Linda McKay-Panos
Linda McKay-Panos, BEd. JD, LLM is the Executive Director of the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre in Calgary, Alberta.

Greater Electoral Access for the Homeless

Much more needs to be done to ensure that homeless people are encouraged to vote and given equal opportunity to do so. Do homeless people vote? Although they are citizens of Canada, the political participation of homeless people has rarely been considered. The health of our democracy should be measured by our commitment to ensuring […]


Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP)

Anna Kopec
Anna Kopec is a PhD candidate in political science at the University of Toronto. She recently completed her MA in political science at the University of Guelph. She will continue her research on marginalized populations, public policy and political participation in her doctoral studies.

Time for Tax Reform?

Following the release of the Department of Finance’s private corporation tax proposals on July 18, 2017, which was far more controversial than the government anticipated, over 21,000 letters containing comments, criticisms and suggestions were sent to Finance.  A common theme contained in many of the letters was that the tax proposals should be abandoned in […]


Mike Dolson
Michael Dolson is a Partner at Felesky Flynn LLP in Edmonton, Alberta.

The Politicized Complexity of the Canadian Income Tax Act

An effective tax system in theory operates with objectivity in a fair, transparent and simple manner, and is used to maintain government expenditures to support and stimulate the economy. Unfortunately, this has never been the case in Canada. Since the introduction of the tax system in 1917, there has been an elaborate evolution that has […]


Matthew Peddie
Matthew Peddie
Matthew Peddie is a Senior Associate at Gallo and Company Professional Chartered Accountants focusing on public accounting with experience in corporate and personal taxes, reviews, audits, and advisory and consulting work. He holds a CPA designation and a Masters of Professional Accounting from the University of Saskatchewan.

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