Three Essays on Social Assistance in Canada

A Multidisciplinary Focus on Ontario Singles

This Ph.D. dissertation comprises three essays—each one looking to answer one of the following questions

  1. How did Ontario’s social assistance system develop into its current form?
  2. What do social assistance recipients do with increased monthly benefits?
  3. To what extent might increased benefit levels lead to higher caseloads?

Each essay has a different methodological approach and geographical focus: the first looks exclusively at Ontario; the second looks at Ontario’s welfare system while interviewing a sample of Toronto-based recipients; and the third looks at six provinces, including Ontario.

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Carleton University
Ottawa, ON, Canada