Since the day’s former to confederation, welfare and social assistance have been a practice used to benefit the less fortunate. In earlier centuries, such as the 17th, welfare was mainly used to assist the elderly, and the ill; the money would more often come from within the churches. (Paul) Welfare is governmental provision of economic assistance to persons in need (Paul) At one point, public begging was legal, until it was later banned from city streets, both beggars and providers could be fined if caught by enforcement officers. (Paul) Since poverty cannot be completely abolished, in 1688 legislation gathered together to come up with an idea that would allow them to assist the unfortunate and prevent hunger. Programs were put into action that would help the working capable to find jobs; these types of programs still exist today. (Paul) As the nineteenth century progressed, social reforms for children came into action and the 1870s outlawed child labor for those under the age of twelve. In addition, all the provinces aside from Quebec required children to attend school. By 1895, the Children's Aid Society was founded. (Paul) With the progression of the economy, the fall of the economy, and the rebuilding again welfare has seen many changes throughout the years. However, with all of the changes, it has still managed to stay a consistent factor is benefiting the Canadian social and economic systems. (Cassola) Welfare and Social Services help to promote equality throughout Canada. They provide us with free education, feeding the minds of tomorrow. (Feed the Minds) Free health care, helps to keep our population from suffering. Lastly, the broad number of assistance programs help to keep people from facing lives of sadness, homelessness, hunger and so on. (Service Canada) Welfare and social services, which are provided by the government, are greatly beneficial to the social system of Canada because they help the Canadian citizens to live adequate lives, and take part in all aspects of society.
Welfare supplements that are provided too less wealthy families directly benefit all members of the family, and indirectly benefit the people around them. For families who are less fortunate, living in Canada, surviving financially on a day-to-day basis is a struggle. The cost of living is simply too high, for one to be able to pay if they aren’t employed by a high paying job. For working people, who have been employed for many years, and they lose their jobs due to closures and lay-offs, to single mothers who cannot work, because they cannot afford child care need somewhere to go to for assistance. In 2007, a survey was taken provincially to measure the percentage of welfare recipients within each province, in comparison to the Market Basket Measure (MBM). The MBM is based on the cost of a specific basket of goods and services representing a modest, basic standard of living. It includes the costs of...