Posted April 6, 2022
Posted on March 31, 2022
C'est dans ce contexte qu'ACORN a mené une enquête entre novembre 2021 et janvier 2022. L'enquête en ligne, dans les deux langues officielles, a été envoyée par courriel aux membres d'ACORN au niveau national.
Posted on March 31, 2022
This summary captures the main findings of the study that was conducted to understand how predatory lenders descended on moderate income communities hurt by the pandemic.
Posted on March 31, 2022
Ce résumé résume les principales conclusions de l'étude menée pour comprendre l'impact de la pandémie et l'utilisation des prêts à coût élevé.
Posted March 31, 2022
This report outlines how predatory lenders descended on moderate income communities hurt by the pandemic. While the pandemic had a devastating impact on low- and moderate- income communities, the government and banks left people in this global health and financial crisis with no choice but to go to predatory lenders such as Easy Financial, Money Mart, Cash 4 You, Cash Money and more who were deemed “essential” during the heart of the pandemic. The report is based on an online survey ACORN conducted to explore how the pandemic affected the use of high interest predatory loans, both payday loans and installment loans.
Posted on December 9, 2021
This infographic reflects the growth of Easy Financial - one of Canada's biggest predatory lenders that is making billions of dollars on the backs of tens of thousands of low-and-moderate income people.
Posted on December 8, 2021
This document is a series of testimonials of ACORN members coast to coast that reflects the urgent need for the federal government to lower the interest rate for high-cost loans such as installment loans and payday loans and ensure fair credit for low-and-moderate income people.
Posted on Dec 8, 2021
Posted on July 8, 2021
This is the report by the House of Commons Committee on Industry Science and Technology on Affordability and Accessibility of Telecom Services. It covers the demands put forth by ACORN members including the provision of a Canada broadband benefit and expansion of the Connecting Families Program. Ray Noyes, ACORN leader from Ottawa presented the demands to the committee.
Posted on June 25, 2021
This flyer shows how the big banks are gouging low-and-moderate income people and what ACORN members are demanding to End 2 Tier Banking!
Posted on August 8, 2022
As the city of Mississauga moves ahead and finalizes it's Inclusionary Zoning policy, Peel ACORN conducted a survey to ask what kind of affordable housing people want.
Posted on May 10, 2022
This brief documents the findings of the survey ACORN Canada conducted to understand the impact of financialization of housing on low- and moderate-income tenants. This research was conducted for the Office of the Federal Housing Advocate (OFHA). The views expressed are those of ACORN and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OFHA or the Canadian Human Rights Commission.
Posted March 30, 2022
Posted January 29, 2022
Posted on 30 December 2021
Peel ACORN won Rent Safe in Mississauga - this is a huge victory for tens of thousands of tenants who have been struggling in substandard housing. Peel ACORN has been fighting for healthy homes for years and finally through numerous actions, petitions, deputations and much more, tenants secured this important victory! Read the report detailing how we organized and the next steps.
Posted November 18, 2021
Dans ce rapport, nous disséquons les réponses à l'enquête concernant le manque deprotection contre les expulsions dans la province, un aspect qui a été clairementnégligé par l'examen de la situation du logement locatif de la province qui a été menéplus tôt cette année.
Posted November 18, 2021
In this report, we dissect the survey responses that relate to the lack of eviction protections in the province, something that was clearly overlooked by the Province's rental review that was conducted earlier this year.
Posted October 14, 2021
Posted on August 28, 2021
ACORN Hamilton report on how the city needs to take bold & swift action to build more affordable housing and protect tenants!
Posted August 25, 2021
This document details ACORN's policy position on Employment Insurance on EI. At a time when thousands of low-income Canadians are struggling to pay for their rent and put food on the table, it's critical that the federal government modernises EI.
It has been six years since Toronto’s living wage estimate was calculated at $16.60 in 2008.
Since then, the cost of living has gone up: the cost of child care has risen by 30 per cent; rent has increased by 13 per cent; the cost of public transit has grown by 36 per cent. This report updates Toronto’s living wage to reflect what it takes for two working parents with two children to make ends meet in 2015. It’s based on the needs of a family with two parents and two young children ages 7 and 3. Each of those parents needs to earn $18.52 per hour, and work 37.5 hours per week, in order to afford the basics in life in this very expensive city.
In a new nationwide survey among 3,000 Canadians conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Canada for the Broadbent Institute, Canadians were asked about their perceptions of inequality and the distribution of wealth in Canada. The findings demonstrate that Canadians vastly underestimate how skewed the distribution of wealth actually is and think there should be a much more equitable distribution.
New research shows that in Ontario, large employers are the biggest culprits in perpetuating a low-wage economy.
Written by Metcalf Innovation Fellow and labour market policy expert Tom Zizys, the paper examines our under-performing labour market and challenges the popular notion that the threat to good jobs is inevitable.
Better Work chronicles the economic and political changes that have brought us to our current situation. It reconstructs the advent of our global economy and reflects deeply on its effect on employment practices. Central to its thesis is a simple proposition: workers are not a cost to be constrained but, rather, an asset to be invested in.
Among industrialized countries, Canada has the highest proportion of residents with a post-secondary education. Yet we also have the highest rate of degree holders working in jobs earning half the median income or less. We know there are many external factors at play, and that a rise in precarious employment and the widening gap between knowledge sector and entry-level jobs is creating income disparity. But the question remains, are we responding to the emergence of technology, globalization, and increased competitiveness in the most efficient and equitable way? Are our workplace practices, labour market institutions, and the norms and values that shape our economic thinking supporting the best interests of both employers and employees?
Un extrait de Global Grassroots sur salaire de subsistance, par John Anderson.
There are over 338,000 migrant workers in Canada. This number has more than doubled since 2006. As Canada increasingly relies on a work force of transnational migrant workers with temporary status, an industry of third-party for-profit recruiters has emerged to match workers with jobs in Canada.
This report exposes how temporary foreign workers are paying thousands of dollars in recruiting fees — equal to as much as two to three years’ wages in their home currency — to work in minimum wage jobs in Ontario.
The People’s Budget campaign was initiated as a response to the continuing evidence of the failure of the austerity agenda. Austerity measures have had a devastating impact on the people of Ontario, particularly its most vulnerable citizens. When even organizations such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Economic Forum are calling for a reconsideration of the austerity agenda, it is time for Ontario to chart a new course.
ACORN members are concerned about what will emerge from the government’s 100-day review. We can look to other countries with Conservative leaders to imagine what the Province’s reforms could look like. In recent years, the UK has implemented a series of social assistance reforms which have contributed to a 169% increase in homelessness since 2010 . Similar reforms could be disastrous for low-income Ontarians.
Ontario ACORN members are demanding an increase to allowable employment income before deductions and increases to allowable asset limits for ODSP and OW recipients
In 2006 the United Nations held a convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Article 28 states: “States Parties recognize the right of persons with disabilities to an adequate standard of living for themselves and their families, including adequate food, clothing and housing.”
“Adequate” does not include unhealthy and dangerous housing standards or negligent property owners.
Section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms“ guarantees the life, liberty and personal security of all Canadians.”
ACORN MEMBERS DEMAND a housing allowance that guarantees ODSP and OW recipients’ healthy housing where they can freely choose a home that guarantees their personal security from violence and negligent property owners.
The first comprehensive report on child and family poverty in Toronto since 2008 will be released by Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, Social Planning Toronto, Family Service Toronto, Colour of Poverty-Colour of Change, and the Alliance for a Poverty-Free Toronto .
New data in the report shows that Toronto is becoming an increasingly divided city. Where a child is born and raised in Toronto greatly influences their chances of success.
Canada’s disability income expenditures are rising at an unsustainable rate and the largest and fastest growing program is social assistance. Nowhere is this more evident than in Ontario where ODSP expenditures increased 44.8% between 2005 and 2010.
This report by Metcalf Innovation Fellow John Stapleton, provides critical insight into the intricate drivers behind the alarming rise of disability income expenditures.
More than two decades have passed since the House of Commons’ unanimous resolution “to seek to achieve the goal of eliminating poverty among Canadian children by the year 2000” and four years after the entire House of Commons voted to “develop an immediate plan to end poverty for all in Canada.” Neither the promised poverty elimination nor plans have materialized.
This document provides a summary of the local campaigns Toronto ACORN members need candidates to commit to champion if elected! ACORN members need to see the following changes to make Toronto an affordable and liveable city.
Posted on May 26, 2022
This document is a compliation of parties' responses to the Ontario ACORN Provincial Platform 2022.
Ontario ACORN Provincial Platform
ACORN Year End Report 2021
Posted on August 9, 2021
The pandemic has exposed and entrenched the deep inequities in Canada. Job loss during the pandemic hit lowest wage workers the hardest and the need for government to provide and expand basic services and programs was needed and understood like no other time in this generation. It is now time for us to rebuild, putting people before profits. With the federal election around the corner, ACORN members in 24 of the lowest income neighbourhoods across the country met, discussed and developed ACORN’s National Platform. The priorities of affordable housing, internet for all, modernizing EI and taxing the rich are what ACORN members need to see for a just and equitable recovery for Canada.
Posted on August 9, 2021
ACORN members submitted our priorities for the Federal Budget 2022.
Posted July 8, 2021
Posted on June 12, 2021
BC ACORN Provincial Platform was released today which highlights the issues related to housing, disability and income assistance rates, labour issues and predtaory loans.
ACORN Year End Report 2020
Posted on March 17, 2021
ACORN Canada members prepared a document highlighting issues that they would like the newly constituted Women in the Economy Taskforce to consider in light of the Federal Budget 2021.