Welfare-No Fair: A Critical Analysis of Ontario's Welfare System (1985-1994)

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This well-documented analysis traces the effects of Ontario's 10-year liberalization of welfare benefits and eligibility. The liberalization was intended to give recipients a sense of independence, thereby helping them move into the workforce. However, as Welfare-No Fair demonstrates, rather than reducing caseloads and encouraging independence, Ontario went from being the province with the fewest recipients per capita to the province with the most. As caseloads grew dramatically, more and more families became entangled in the so-called safety net.

Rico Sabatini's comprehensive examination of the results of a liberal approach to social welfare proves that good intentions are no substitute for a rationally defined plan that supports those genuinely in need and encourages others back into the workforce.

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