42-4: Poverty and Homelessness Archives - LawNow Magazine

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)
The Institute for Research on Public Policy is an independent, national, bilingual, not-for-profit organization. The IRPP seeks to improve public policy in Canada by generating research, providing insight and informing debate on current and emerging policy issues facing Canadians and their governments.

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.

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