Refugee Access to Welfare Benefits

In October 2014, as part of its omnibus budget bill, the Conservative federal government proposed changes to the Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act (“FPFAA”), the legislation governing social assistance programs.

Centre for Research and Information on Canada

The Centre for Research and Information on Canada (CRIC) was established in 1996 by the Canadian Unity Council (CUC). In 2009, CRIC ceased its operations, three years after funding cuts by the Harper government in its September 2006 budget.

Universal Child Care

In 2006 the newly-elected Conservative government cancelled the national child care program initiated by the previous Liberal administration and replaced it with the Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB; a taxable monthly benefit of $100 per child under six years of age). This, they argued, offered “choice” to Canadian parents.

Interim Federal Health Program

21 February, 2016—The Government of Canada has announced that the Interim Federal Health Program, which provides medical services for refugee claimants, will be fully restored to its pre-2012 levels by April 1, 2016.


The New Veterans Charter (NVC; 2006) significantly reduced the pension entitlement of Canadian veterans of modern conflicts; 21st century Conservative federal budgets cut services to Canadian veterans; the federal government violated the privacy rights of certain veterans. In response, critics, including the first Veterans Ombudsman, and groups such as the Canadian Legion strongly protested the threat to what they argued was a ‘social contract’ between Canada and its serving men and women.


The 2012 Conservative government budget eliminated on-going federal funding for Katimavik. In existence since 1977, this federally-funded service-learning organization offered young people opportunities to work in volunteer community teams across the country to improve social and environmental conditions, while adding to their knowledge of Canada and both of its official languages.

Department of Justice

The Department of Justice is being slowly starved of research capacity, lawyers and expertise. Successive budget and personnel cuts have hit the DOJ harder than many federal departments.

Polar Environment Atmosphere Research Laboratory

PEARL – the Polar Environment Atmosphere Research Laboratory – is Canada’s northernmost facility carrying out research on atmospheric conditions and on how climate is changing in one of the most sensitive regions of the planet.

Childcare Advocacy Association of Canada (CCAAC)

Amidst numerous government cuts to groups that campaign on women’s issues, the Childcare Advocacy Association of Canada (CCAAC) saw its advocacy and lobbying funding decreased first in 2006, and its entire budget eliminated in 2009.