Welfare Reform in British Columbia: A Report Card

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This study examines and evaluates the commitments made by the BC government to welfare reform. It draws comparisons with recent welfare reforms in the United States because the US reforms have proven overwhelmingly successful at reducing welfare caseloads, increasing the employment and earnings of previous welfare recipients, and reducing poverty rates. The eight evaluation areas were selected based on research assessing successful US welfare reform. The reforms encompass two broad areas: policy and program provision. The eight evaluation areas are: Ending the entitlement to welfare, Diversion, Immediate work requirements and sanctions, Employment-focused back-to-work programs, Making Work Pay, Administrative privatization, Program delivery privatization, and Non-profit sector reform.

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