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In this report SEDI provides quantitative information to describe the current state of financial literacy as well as a synthesis of qualitative information from key informant interviews conducted in the spring of 2006.
Case study methodology was utilized for this project to evaluate the effectiveness of the Independent Living Accounts (ILA) program in Edmonton, Toronto and Fredericton. Results from the program provided strong evidence that the ILA offers the necessary incentives and supports to help those in transitional housing become self-sufficient.
This book is a provocative collection of essays from Canadian and international scholars on the emerging topic of asset building as an approach to poverty alleviation and financial inclusion.
SEDI's early work in the area of self-employment was incorporated into Employment Insurance in 1992, making the Self-Employment Employment Benefits (SEB) program available to unemployed people across Canada. In Toronto, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) contracted SEDI to administer the delivery of SEB. This report highlights the successes of SEB in Toronto from 1993 to 2005, when 90 per cent of the program participants started businesses, generating over $166 million in gross revenues – during the period each client was in the program.
This report describes the implementation of learn$ave , a demonstration project designed to test whether financial incentives can help low-income people improve their long-term economic prospects.
This paper is the result of an increasing concern that the growth in self-employment warrants the review of federal government policies and the development of a comprehensive national policy to address the needs of the growing number of self-employed Canadians
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