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Iglika Ivanova is the Public Interest Researcher at the CCPA’s BC Office. Her work investigates issues and trends in health care, education and social programs, and examines the impact of public services on quality of life. She also looks into issues of government finance, taxation and privatization and how they relate to the accessibility and quality of public services. Iglika’s other research interests focus on the Canadian labour market and in particular trends in income inequality, low wage work and the integration of immigrants.

How to make the Metro Vancouver living wage work for single parents

April 27th, 2016 · Iglika Ivanova · No Comments · Children & youth, Economy, Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare

The living wage is designed to reflect the real costs of raising a family in a particular community. It’s based on a two-parent families with young children because most Canadian children live in two-parent families, but the goal is for the living wage to also meet the needs of different types of families throughout their life cycle, including single-parent families. […]

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What the new federal budget means for BC

March 23rd, 2016 · Iglika Ivanova · Comments Off on What the new federal budget means for BC · Economy, Employment & labour, First Nations & Aboriginal, Housing & homelessness, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Taxes

At first glance, BC appears somewhat isolated from the economic challenges the rest of Canada is facing but there are a number of worrying signs. Nearly half of British Columbians see the economic conditions in BC as “poor” or “very poor.” The economy may be growing but prosperity is not broadly shared. Despite decent economic growth, poverty remains […]

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What you need to know about BC Budget 2016

February 16th, 2016 · Iglika Ivanova · 1 Comment · Children & youth, Economy, Education, Environment, resources & sustainability, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes, Women

“The measure of any society is reflected in the degree to which it is willing to help the most vulnerable.” Mike de Jong in the BC Budget 2016 Speech If this is the measure we apply to Budget 2016, then BC is failing miserably. What this budget offers to BC’s most vulnerable is a drop in the bucket. […]

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7 things that should be in the BC Budget but were missing from the Throne Speech

February 15th, 2016 · Iglika Ivanova · 2 Comments · Children & youth, Climate change & energy policy, Economy, Education, Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance

BC Budget 2016 will be tabled tomorrow but we already know it will include a break on MSP premiums for some single parents, $50 million for new affordable housing initiatives this year (with funding also committed in each of the next four years), help for first-time home buyers, more resources for the long neglected BC child welfare system, […]

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BC’s job market is weaker than the government would like you to believe

February 12th, 2016 · Iglika Ivanova · Comments Off on BC’s job market is weaker than the government would like you to believe · Economy, Employment & labour, Provincial budget & finance

Premier Christy Clark rarely misses a chance to take credit for BC’s recent economic growth and job creation numbers even though they have more to do with plunging oil prices and the low dollar than with any action her government has taken. This year’s throne speech was no exception, calling BC “an island of prosperity” and a leader: […]

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BC throne speech rhetoric doesn’t match reality

February 10th, 2016 · Iglika Ivanova · 1 Comment · Economy, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance

Yesterday’s throne speech paints a rosy picture of BC as an “island of prosperity.” It acknowledges that “all British Columbians deserve to share in the benefits of a growing economy” but it glosses over the fact that many currently don’t. What is worse, the provincial government’s own inaction in key policy areas is what’s causing tremendous hardship […]

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Lower premiums for single parents not enough; it’s time to see the end of MSP

February 9th, 2016 · Iglika Ivanova · Comments Off on Lower premiums for single parents not enough; it’s time to see the end of MSP · Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

In the lead up to the provincial budget we talk a lot about the changes we want to see in how our government is spending our public funds. And with good reason. After years of neglect and underfunding, alarming holes are emerging in key areas from child protection services and public schools to housing affordability and climate action. They need […]

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5 signs the BC economy is weak and what this means for Budget 2016

November 25th, 2015 · Iglika Ivanova · Comments Off on 5 signs the BC economy is weak and what this means for Budget 2016 · Economy, Employment & labour, Provincial budget & finance

Yesterday, the provincial government released its 2015/16 Second Quarterly Report: an update on where provincial finances are at six months into the fiscal year and where the economy is heading. The news is not very good. 

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Why are so many people needing food banks when the BC economy is growing?

November 17th, 2015 · Iglika Ivanova · Comments Off on Why are so many people needing food banks when the BC economy is growing? · Economy, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance

Last week, Statistics Canada released new data showing the BC economy did better than expected in 2014, growing by 3.2% in real terms. This is a strong economic performance, the fastest on record since the recession ended.  The new growth numbers were published just as the annual Welfare Food Challenge organized by Raise the Rates captured headlines […]

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Can the federal parties’ child care proposals pay for the $10 a Day Plan?

October 14th, 2015 · Iglika Ivanova · Comments Off on Can the federal parties’ child care proposals pay for the $10 a Day Plan? · Children & youth, Economy, Provincial budget & finance, Women

By Lynell Anderson and Iglika Ivanova We’ve been glad to see child care emerge as a key issue in this federal election, with three major parties (Greens, Liberals and NDP) vying to tackle the problems with the status quo: inadequate spaces, unaffordability and inconsistent quality. We analyzed the party platforms on child care in more […]

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