Community Development Halton wishes to acknowledge the Social Planning and Research Council of British Columbia, SPARC BC, for the development of the materials in Canada Votes 2004. Community Development Halton has made changes to this material in order to reflect the Ontario reality.
How we support social programs is a question of deep concern to Canadians. We often identify our social policies as a defining feature of this country, and recent polls record that a majority of Canadians put health care and education at the top of the funding priority list.
On April 1, 2004 federal contributions to health, post-secondary education, and social services were divided into two separate transfers: the Canada Health Transfer and the Canada Social Transfer. This funding was formerly delivered through a single tool ï¿½ the Canada Health and Social Transfer (CHST).
While significant thought has gone into the new Health Transfer, relatively little attention has been paid to the Social Transfer. As the tool for delivering federal support to post-secondary education, income assistance (welfare), child care, and other social initiatives, it is crucial for Canadians to know more about this investment. Here are some key issues:
Questions for Candidates:
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