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22 June 2023
As we celebrate National Indigenous History Month, it feels timely to reflect on Prosper Canada’s relationship with Indigenous Peoples and to ask whether all is as it should be or whether we should be challenging ourselves, as many organizations are doing, to aim higher and do better. Looking back, Prosper Canada has worked with Indigenous organizations and communitie...
21 June 2023
Principles and Recommendations for Canada Disability Benefit Administration  Prosper Canada and March of Dimes Canada have come together to co-create principles and recommendations to ensure the design and implementation of the new Canada Disability Benefit (CDB) is as barrier-free as possible and optimizes take-up by all eligible people with disabilities. This new re...
21 June 2023
Our new report, created with support from Co-operators shows that access to relevant, high-quality financial help and advice is associated with greater financial health and resilience, but not all Canadians have access to the financial help and advice they need. Canadians with low incomes are frequently unable to access the types of help they need to build their financi...
21 June 2023
This past May, three staff from Prosper Canada attended the OMSSA Exchange conference in Ottawa, ON. The Ontario Municipal Social Services Association (OMSSA) hosted a gathering of more than 330 people to exchange knowledge, best practices, and examples of local projects and ways of working. This included representatives from human services, Ontario Works, child care, health...
21 June 2023
We are living in challenging times, where economic disparities have been further magnified. The Financial Empowerment Program, led by Prosper Canada in collaboration with generous sponsors like IIROC, now known as CIRO, has emerged as a beacon of hope for low-income individuals and families across the country.Financial Empowerment Program At its core, the Financial Empowerm...
16 June 2023
Vancouver Sun, June 15, 2023 // The application process is so long, onerous and costly, Canadians with disabilities often feel it's designed to drive them away, rather than help them. It's time for a benefit without barriers. The proposed new Canada Disability Benefit is an historic opportunity to transform the lives of people with disabilities in Canada by lifting ...
13 June 2023
Via The Globe and Mail // June 13, 2023 The Canada Revenue Agency was aware that a planned ramp-up this past winter in its debt collection activities could result in confusion and financial hardship for some low-income individuals at a time of high inflation, according to a memorandum sent to the Minister of Revenue. The briefing, which was prepared for Mini...
13 June 2023
Via The Hill Times, June 12, 2023 // Canada's finanicial help gap will not solve itself and people with low incomes cannot afford to wait any longer. The time for action is now. When Canadians have a financial problem, want to make a financial plan, or need help with their taxes, most simply reach out to their financial institution, adviser, accountant, or com...
23 May 2023
Via The Canadian Press, May 23, 2023 // Nineteen-year-old Logan Robbins knows that learning to make a household budget is part of his journey to independence. The Prince Edward Island man has been developing job skills through Project Search, a program that helps young adults with intellectual disabilities find employment. He's drafted a resume, dropped it off with pros...
4 May 2023
On May 3, 2023, a letter was sent out to the Honourable Chrystia Freeland on behalf of Prosper Canada, FAIR Canada and other key partners, expressing support for the amendments in the Budget Implementation Act, 2023, No. 1, which will establish a single external complaints body (ECB) for banking complaints while continuing to urge the government to designate Ombudsman for Ba...
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