News

8 April 2016
It was with deep sadness that we learned of the passing of our founder, colleague, friend, and mentor, Peter Nares.  Peter will be missed as a dear colleague and friend, but also as a visionary with an unstoppable belief in the desire and capacity of all people to forge a decent life for themselves and their families, and a bottomless desire to give those burdened by ...
7 April 2016
Toronto - The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, today announced more than $5.3 million in funding to Prosper Canada for its Financial Empowerment Champions project for vulnerable Canadians. Funded through the Children and Families component of the Social Development and Partnerships Program (SDPP), the project sets out to hel...
24 March 2016
Yesterday’s 2016 federal budget, entitled Growing the Middle Class, was good news for many Canadians with low and modest incomes, containing many positive changes and investments in income supports, post-secondary education financing, youth employment, transit, affordable housing, and infrastructure and programs to support a renewed relationship with Canada’s ...
10 March 2016
Do you work for a not-for-profit organization that serves people living on low incomes?  Would you like to offer them financial literacy education? Register for the online Financial Literacy Facilitator Training course which starts on April 11, 2016. Our 7-week online curriculum is designed to prepare frontline workers to deliver an easy-to-use program...
25 February 2016
Toronto, February 25, 2016 – National charity Prosper Canada welcomed the announcement today of a $5 million investment by the Ontario government to establish financial empowerment services for Ontarians living on low incomes.   In its 2016 Budget released today, the Ontario government committed to investing $1 million annually over the next five years to f...
3 February 2016
Do you work for a not-for-profit organization that serves newcomers to Canada?  Would you like to offer them financial literacy education?   Please join us for a two-day financial literacy facilitator training workshop! When: Monday February 29th and Tuesday March 1st from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (EST) ...
3 February 2016
Now that the holiday season is behind us it’s time to turn our attention to something a little less festive – tax season. While filing taxes may not be on your list of favourite things to do, for Canadians living on low incomes, tax time is an important opportunity to boost their income by accessing a wide range of government benefits.   There are a ra...
2 February 2016
Canada Revenue Agency to extend a helping hand   Financial empowerment efforts received a major boost in November when Prime Minister Trudeau instructed Canada’s newly minted Minister of National Revenue, the Hon. Diane Lebouthillier, to help more Canadians access benefits they are entitled to and make it easier for Canadians with low and fixed incomes to t...
1 February 2016
By Anne Makhoul, Principal Project Officer, Caledon Institute of Social Policy  The Caledon Institute of Social Policy launched the Canada Social Report initiative in June 2015 (www.canadasocialreport.ca). It is intended to act as a national hub of social policy information. The Canada Social Report features both Caledon-developed reports like Welfare ...
1 February 2016
On November 13, 2015, the new Liberal federal government mandate letters were released and for the first time ever, publicly communicated to the Canadian public.  Through the letters, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau assigned each of his newly-appointed cabinet ministers with specific priorities and key goals for their respective portfolios over the next four years. &...
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