Comité consultatif de lutte contre la pauvretré et l'exclusion sociale

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Comité consultatif de lutte contre la pauvreté et l’exclusion sociale

May 16, 2014

Living alone in poverty – Online Bulletin no. 10 – May 2014

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In Québec and several other societies, the number of people living alone is increasing. It is clear that people who live alone are more likely to live in poverty and are at a greater risk that their situation will persist or even become worse.

This issue of the online bulletin is aimed at recalling the main observations and recommendations made by the Comité in a previous advisory opinion and to point out that It is urgent that we find a solution to the question of poverty among people who live alone.

March 26, 2013

Improving the quality of jobs to secure the right to decent work

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The Comité is proud to release its latest advisory opinion concerning the situation of the working poor and job insecurity.

This advisory opinion is part of a broader series of initiatives undertaken by the Comité. It is one of three dimensions concerning which the Comité intends to submit proposals for taking up the challenges related to its primary objective: promoting employment as a means of escaping poverty.

In the advisory opinion, the Comité proposes ways to

  • Improve the situation of the working poor.
  • Establish means to counteract job insecurity.

Employment is clearly an important way to escape poverty, but cannot be considered the only solution to the problems of those excluded from the labour market. Moreover, the reality is that even many people with a job remain in a precarious situation and the ranks of the working poor continue to swell.

For the Comité, employment is a right, like the right to health or education. The job must be decent and clearly regulated by labour laws ensuring the protection of workers; it must also offer social protection measures, such as group insurance, and guarantee the right to collective representation.

Three principles are at the root of the Comité’s reflections and recommendations:

  • Recognition of the contribution of one and all.
  • The importance of public policies.
  • The necessity for all individuals and families to have a decent income.

The recommendations contained in this advisory opinion may be implemented on a gradual basis. What matters most is for all stakeholders, led by government, to establish measurable targets and objectives and to start working as quickly as possible so that employment can eventually cease being associated with poverty and become more associated with social and economic well being.



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