Social Welfare in Canada - Understanding Income Security, 3rd Edition

Steven Hick

Social Welfare in Canada

Understanding Income Security

Third Edition, Steven Hick

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Social Welfare in Canada

Understanding Income Security

By: Steven Hick


Widely used in introductory social work and social service worker programs across Canada, Social Welfare in Canada provides an introduction to the key concepts and contemporary issues. This third edition has been thoroughly updated to address the many changes that have occurred since the election of the Conservative government in 2006 (minority) and 2011 (majority).

ISBN 978-1-55077-230-2
Edition Third
Year 2014
Page Count 400

$ 89.95

About Social Welfare in Canada

Social Welfare in Canada: Understanding Income Security is intended for students who are relatively new to social policy analysis, social work, and other human service disciplines who need a broad survey of the field. It is also appropriate for students in public administration, economics, political science, or sociology who may not be familiar with the various income security programs in Canada.

While providing an historical background, the book also gives an overview of the income security programs and policy debates that exist in Canada today. Combined with information and data on the socio-economic and political context of social welfare, this book enables readers to form their own views about the nature and character of social welfare in Canada.

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What's New in the 3rd Edition?

This is a very substantially revised edition, called for by the momentous changes that have occurred in income security policy and programs since the last edition. The data have been updated of course. But there is more to this new edition than simply data updates.

We have tried to capture the complex changes that have occurred since the new Conservative government was elected in 2006 (and re-elected with a majority in 2011). This period also coincided with the global economic downturn that began in 2008 and painfully lingers on today. This edition attempts to understand the implications of this new period for the welfare and income security of Canadians

Updates include:

  • Textbook available digitally.
  • New and improved instructor material consisting of PowerPoint slides, multiple-choice test builder and classroom management features.
  • Expanded end-of-chapter material including learning objectives, key concepts, review questions, critical thinking questions, exploring social welfare exercises and suggested websites.
  • Up-to-date coverage of recent policy developments affecting new immigrants, the elderly, the disabled and Aboriginal peoples.
  • Case Studies on the changing labour market, minimum wage legislation, child and family poverty, welfare reform, homelessness, refugees, and the feminization of poverty
  • A new chapter on the erosion social welfare since the election of the Conservative government in 2006.
  • A new chapter on Social Policy formation in the Canadian Context.
  • A thoroughly revised chapter on the emergence and early history of income security in Canada
  • Updated research, and statistics as well as new content on key topics throughout.

Brief Contents

  1. Introducing Social Welfare, 2
    Understanding Income Security
  2. The History of Social Welfare in Canada, 26
    Emergence of the Welfare State
  3. Challenges to Social Welfare, 54
    Income Security Under Siege
  4. Social Welfare Theory, 76
    Values, Ideology, and Beliefs
  5. Making Social Policy in Canada, 102
    How Things Get done ... or Not Done
  6. Canadians Living in Poverty, 124
    In Need of Social Assistance
  7. Employment, Unemployment, and Workers’ Compensation, 156
    Canadians in the Labour Market
  8. Women and the Family, 186
    Changing Roles and Emerging Household Trends
  9. Children and Families in Poverty, 212
    A Call to Action
  10. the Social Welfare of Immigrants, 240
    Fostering Multiculturalism and Income Security
  11. Aboriginal Social Welfare, 262
    Idle No More!
  12. Disability and Social Welfare, 286
    Income Security and Full Participation
  13. The Elderly and Retired, 310
    Pensions, Health Care, and Income Security
  14. Globalization and Social Welfare, 330
    A Social Justice Perspective

About the Author

Steven Hick

Steven Hick is a professor of social work at Carleton University in Ottawa, and is also the author of the companion text Social Work in Canada: An Introduction. has practiced at home and abroad as a human rights worker, social service worker, and social policy analyst. He is also a co-founder of War Child Canada.

His recent research focuses on electronic advocacy and activism and the efficacy of technology access programs for low-income citizens. His teaching of introductory social work on Instructional Television (ITV) and on the Internet has won him teaching awards and numerous accolades.

His published works include:

  • Social Work in Canada: An Introduction (TEP 4th Ed, 2015)
  • Social Work: A Critical Turn (TEP, 2004)
  • Advocacy and Activism on the Internet: Community Organization and Social Policy(2002)
  • Numerous journal articles, chapters and studies on social work, social policy and human rights.