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Iglika Ivanova’s Blog Posts

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.

BC minimum wage increase leaves workers in poverty

March 12th, 2015 · Iglika Ivanova · 1 Comment · Economy, Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare

After close to three years of no change, the BC minimum wage was overdue for an increase. But the measly raise announced today falls far short of what is necessary. The 20c per hour increase, scheduled to come into effect on Sept 15, 2015,  amounts to a raise of just under 2% over more than 3 years. […]

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11 things you need to know about BC Budget 2015

February 17th, 2015 · Iglika Ivanova · 31 Comments · Climate change, Economy, Employment & labour, Environment, resources & sustainability, Health care, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

1. Budget 2015 ends the claw-back on child support payments for single parents on welfare. This is estimated to put $13 million in the hands of some of the poorest British Columbians. It’s a good step forward, but it is very very small. $13 million is three hundredths of one percent of the provincial budget. […]

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3 worrisome facts about BC’s job market on the eve of Budget 2015

February 16th, 2015 · Iglika Ivanova · 1 Comment · Economy, Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare

2015 marks the sixth year of BC’s recovery from the recession. But it’s been a slow and largely jobless recovery in BC. 1. BC needs 93,000 more jobs to return to our pre-recession employment rate (the proportion of working age British Columbians who have jobs). Only 71.2% of working age British Columbians have jobs today. […]

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Rethinking social protections in the age of contractors

February 14th, 2015 · Iglika Ivanova · 2 Comments · Economy, Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare

The job market is changing rapidly. While most workers of our parents’ generation could have reasonably expected to spend their entire working careers in permanent full-time jobs with one or two employers, today many rely on contract work or freelancing, and even regular full-time employees change jobs frequently. There are pros and cons to this shift, […]

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Denying inequality is a problem for Canada won’t make it go away

January 8th, 2015 · Iglika Ivanova · 1 Comment · Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

Jock Finlayson’s article “Income inequality not a problem in Canada” misses the point. Just because inequality in Canada is somewhat lower than in the U.S. (the Western world’s most unequal country) doesn’t mean we don’t have a serious problem. The small decline in the share of income going to the top one per cent Finlayson […]

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It’s time to seriously tackle child poverty

November 24th, 2014 · Iglika Ivanova · Comments Off · Children & youth, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Women

One in five BC children lives in poverty. This is the sobering finding of the 2014 BC Child Poverty Report Card released on November 24th, the 25th anniversary of a unanimous all-party resolution in Canada’s House of Commons to end child poverty in Canada by the year 2000. Child poverty is not just a big […]

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How to create good jobs in BC

November 20th, 2014 · Iglika Ivanova · Comments Off · Economy

Five years have passed after the end of the Great Recession but both BC and Canada as a whole are very far away from a meaningful recovery in the labour market. Headline unemployment rates are not terrible (6.1% in BC and 6.8% in Canada) but fewer people are looking for work and part-time positions are […]

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Child care unaffordability in Canada’s cities and what to do about it

November 10th, 2014 · Iglika Ivanova · Comments Off · Children & youth, Employment & labour, Women

A new report from the CCPA takes a closer look at child care fees in Canada’s biggest 22 cities and shows just how unaffordable child care has become everywhere outside of Quebec, the only province in Canada with universal subsidized child care. It’s hardly news that child care is expensive. Indeed, it is pricier than […]

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Why teachers are still striking

September 12th, 2014 · Iglika Ivanova · 2 Comments · Education, Employment & labour, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

Speech to the Langley Teachers Association’s Public Forum on Education Delivered July 16, 2014. Check against delivery. I have a slightly different take because I don’t come from the labour movement or from the education sector – I come as an economist, so I’m going to talk a little bit about numbers. But before I […]

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The dangers of deregulation extend beyond mining disasters

August 22nd, 2014 · Iglika Ivanova · 1 Comment · Economy, Environment, resources & sustainability, Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance, Transparency & accountability

The Mount Polley Mine disaster has raised important questions about the risks and costs of deregulation of the mining industry in BC. I spoke about this issue recently on CBC Vancouver’s Early Edition and CBC Kamloops’ Daybreak (if you missed it, there’s audio here, starts around 1:00:48). As a citizen and as a public interest […]

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