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ISBN: 9781459408777-01

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Canada’s Social Safety Net

A Snapshot

From: Early Intervention


An overview of Canada’s social safety net. Canadian governments are at the centre of and have control over the

social safety net. They work with and through myriad partners, professionals,

unions, and agents to fulfill their responsibilities, but it is clear

and accepted that the federal, provincial, and territorial governments

bear the weight of managing the “welfare state,” a term first used by

Archbishop William Temple in England in 194116 and synonymous with

the notion of the social safety net.



James Hughes

JAMES HUGHES lives in Montreal and has worked as a senior administrator in social services for more than fifteen years. He is the founding president of the Montreal non-profit Youth Employment Services and served as director general of the Old Brewery Mis