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National Essay Challenge - immigration

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has launched a National Essay Challenge for Graduate students at Canadian Universities. The essay must be your own work (not coauthored) and should be an original research or evidence-based policy paper. See the poster from IRCC for more details on prizes and how to enter.


26 October 2018 - 3:06pm |

Building an infrastructure for evidence-based social policy-making

In the latest issue of the magazine Policy Options, Annie McEwen and Geranda Notten argue that the federal government lacks the data infrastructure necessary to meet its budget commitment to adopt evidence-based decision-making. In order to fill this gap, they call upon the federal government to create of an arm’s-length agency to report on Canadians’ well-being and social policy outcomes — a Social Indicators Observatory (SIO). You can read the full article on the IRPP’s website.

12 April 2016 - 3:34pm |

Will the long form be back in time for Census 2016?

With the election of a majority Liberal government last Monday, the social science community is eager to see what will happened with the long form census, cancelled by the previous government and replaced by a voluntary survey in 2011. Is it too late to reinstate it in time for the next census which is scheduled to take place in 2016? Munir Sheikh et Ivan Fellegi think not, in this article by Tavia Grant published in The Globe and Mail today. But Alain Bélanger and Benoit Laplante press the new government to act very quickly in an open letter signed by tens of other researchers.

22 October 2015 - 4:13pm |