OTTAWA, March 27, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Social
Workers (CASW) today launched www.defendingsocialprograms.ca to draw attention to the Canadian Social Transfer and its potential to
address Canada's growing income inequality gap with accountable
investments in the social determinants of health.
The Canadian Social Transfer is the primary source of federal funding in
Canada that supports provincial and territorial social programs. At
present, the Canadian Social Transfer is largely an unconditional
transfer which has no agreed Principles of Accountability to ensure equity of social programs across Canada.
"Since 2006, the respective provincial and territorial Ministers
Responsible for Social Services have not met with their federal
counterparts to share best practices and develop national strategies
for investments in the social determinants of health" notes CASW
President, Morel Caissie. "It's now time to put Canadians first and
bring all parties involved in financing and delivering social programs
together with renewed our commitment to human rights as enshrined in
CASW is seriously concerned at the pace in which the Government of
Canada is reshaping national social programs and services as well as
with the unilateral renewal of the Canadian Social Transfer at 3% with
no dialogue on accountability or impact.
"With the rules governing Canada's equalization program and affordable
housing agreements set to expire in 2014, the provincial, territorial
and federal governments must seize the opportunity to proactively
address the growing income inequity gap in Canada" notes CASW
President, Morel Caissie.
CASW urges all Canadians to visit www.defendingsocialprograms.ca to send a message to your elected leaders to reinstate Principles of Accountability to the Canada Social Transfer and to work towards a national plan to
address all social determinants of health for a stronger Canada.
Canadian Association of Social Workers was founded in 1926 and has
evolved into a national non-profit social work organization that
promotes the profession of social work in Canada and advances social
SOURCE: Canadian Association of Social Workers
For further information:
Fred Phelps, Executive Director
Canadian Association of Social Workers