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Mapping Independent School Associations in Canada
Mapping Independent School Associations in Canada
2018-09-02T13:00:02

This paper is a first effort to understand the place of school associations in the Canadian independent school landscape. 

These associations strengthen the voice of the independent school sector, increase capacity, and promote values and standards among the diverse forms of quality non-government K-12 education. Within this paper are mapped the functions of 56 provincial, national, and international education associations from across Canada.

Qualified Independent Schools in Saskatchewan
Qualified Independent Schools in Saskatchewan
2018-09-01T16:45:46

Six years ago the province of Saskatchewan created an additional funded independent school category: Qualified Independent Schools. This paper examines changes in enrollment and independent school distribution between 2011/2012 and 2017/2018—the six-year period following the introduction of Qualified Independent Schools in Saskatchewan. 

This innovation provides the unique opportunity to observe how the independent school sector responds to substantive policy change. 

Skimming Off the Top
Skimming Off the Top
2018-07-16T09:00:59

The evidence is in: Restricted contract bidding based on union affiliation is not in the public interest. Skimming off the Top uses industry benchmarks and best practices to evaluate procurement policy for public infrastructure construction. This paper explores the cost implications, but also goes beyond those numbers to consider the effects that the diversion from best practices can have on the construction industry, workers, and the public good.

“A child born of a three-way” and Newfoundland law
“A child born of a three-way” and Newfoundland law
2018-07-10T11:23:45

In a decision delivered in April 2018, a Newfoundland court recognized three legal parents (two fathers and one mother), based on the throuple’s sexual relationship 

Cohabitation Among Middle-Aged Canadians
Cohabitation Among Middle-Aged Canadians
2018-06-20T16:00:37

A new report finds that marriage is declining as cohabitation rates double among middle-aged Canadians.

Case Study: Ottawa
Case Study: Ottawa
2018-04-24T00:00:00

This paper is one of two providing an on-the-ground look at the end-of-life care landscape in two of Ontario's largest cities. To read more about encouraging signs of progress and frustrating roadblocks to improvement, read both this case study and the study in Hamilton.

Case Study: Hamilton
Case Study: Hamilton
2018-04-24T00:00:00

This paper is one of two providing an on-the-ground look at the end-of-life care landscape in two of Ontario's largest cities. To read more about encouraging signs of progress and frustrating roadblocks to improvement, read both this case study and the study in Ottawa.

End-of-Life Care: Toward a New Beginning in Ontario
End-of-Life Care: Toward a New Beginning in Ontario
2018-04-23T00:00:00

While national statistics have their place, they can be frustrating since they often gloss over regional particularities. Cardus has developed two case studies (in Hamilton and Ottawa) to attempt to better survey the landscape of end-of-life care in Canada from "ground zero."

Making the Transition: The Effect of School Sector on Extended Adolescence
Making the Transition: The Effect of School Sector on Extended Adolescence
2018-04-17T00:00:00

Looking at several large social surveys in the U.S., this paper finds that religious school isn’t a bulwark against extended adolescence. However, American religious school grads do follow some different patterns going into adulthood when compared to their public school counterparts.

New Powers, New Responsibilities: A Guide for Municipalities on Payday Loan Regulation
New Powers, New Responsibilities: A Guide for Municipalities on Payday Loan Regulation
2018-04-09T00:00:00

Ontario’s new payday lending laws provide municipalities with both opportunities and responsibilities. This paper presents guidelines for addressing the challenges that accompany payday lending in cities.

Social Assistance and Marital Decision-Making in Canada
Social Assistance and Marital Decision-Making in Canada
2018-04-03T00:00:00

What is the relationship between marital status and social-assistance participation? Canadian analysis on how social-assistance policies may discourage marriage provides mixed results. However it shows that regional variations such as labour market conditions and wage growth are important considerations when exploring social-assistance participation and marital decision-making.

New Census Data Shows Fewer Children Living With Married Parents: Provincial and Territorial Breakdown
New Census Data Shows Fewer Children Living With Married Parents: Provincial and Territorial Breakdown
2018-03-22T00:00:00

This provincial and territorial breakdown of the 2016 family census data shows that kids in Canada’s wealthiest provinces are the most likely to be growing up in families with two married parents.

Bringing Thou Back In
Bringing Thou Back In
2018-03-05T00:00:00

This report examines the correlation between religious school attendance, pro-social attitudes, and civic involvement. Are religious school graduates more likely to vote, attend a community meeting, or engage in some other action that contributes to the common good? Author David Sikkink at the University of Notre Dame examines these issues through an analysis of a major American longitudinal data set.

No Longer the Best: The Effects of Restrictive Tendering on the Region of Waterloo
No Longer the Best: The Effects of Restrictive Tendering on the Region of Waterloo
2018-03-01T00:00:00

While the issue of restrictive tendering is the result of provincial law made in Toronto for the whole province, it is local communities, and the citizens, workers, and companies living and working there, that are affected. This paper focuses on data from one particular municipality, the Region of Waterloo, which, because of its relatively recent certification as a construction employer, did not have data that fit within the time frame studied by our previous papers.

New Census Data Shows Fewer Children Living With Married Parents: National Breakdown
New Census Data Shows Fewer Children Living With Married Parents: National Breakdown
2018-02-14T00:00:00

This national and historic breakdown of the 2016 family census data examines how, for the first time since 1981, Census 2016 omitted the distinction between married and cohabiting parents with regards to children’s living arrangements. Cardus Family made a special request for this data and offers several reasons why we ought to return to distinguishing between marriage and cohabitation with every census release.

Walking the Path: The Religious Lives of Young Adults in North America
Walking the Path: The Religious Lives of Young Adults in North America
2018-01-30T00:00:00

Using Cardus Education Survey data, University of Notre Dame analysts say that attending a Protestant Evangelical school has a measurable effect on graduates that is distinct from the influence of family, socio-economic background, or church life.

Payday Loan Regulations: A Horse Race Between Red Tape and Innovation
Payday Loan Regulations: A Horse Race Between Red Tape and Innovation
2018-01-11T00:00:00

Ontario’s new payday lending rules kicked in this year. They’re supposed to strengthen the hand of consumers who borrow less than $1500 for terms of less than 60 days. But will the rules succeed?

Cardus graded the new regulations according to research drawn from our report “Banking on the Margins: Finding Ways to Build an Enabling Small-Dollar Credit Market”. Here are the results:

Promises, Promises
Promises, Promises
2017-12-15T00:00:00

What is the impact of schooling experiences on the formation, quality, and stability of marriages and other romantic relationships of young adults? This report brings evidence to bear on the hypothesis that schools contribute to family formation and flourishing.

Cardus Education Policy Round Tables Summary
Cardus Education Policy Round Tables Summary
2017-12-15T00:00:00

In the fall of 2017 Cardus Education hosted four by-invitation education policy round tables across Canada.

Up, Up, and Away
Up, Up, and Away
2017-12-06T00:00:00

The empirical results of this paper, which compiles bidding data from a variety of Ontario municipalities over time, suggest that restricting tendering to a select group of firms on the basis of their workers’ affiliations will lead to higher costs for municipalities than if they tendered their projects to all qualified bidders, with the strong possibility that municipalities will pay a substantial magnitude more.

Six Ways to Maintain Attachment When Using Daycare
Six Ways to Maintain Attachment When Using Daycare
2017-10-25T00:00:00

Libby Simon, MSW, discusses the importance of avoiding peer orientation for kids in daycare.

Religion and the Good of the City: Report 3
Religion and the Good of the City: Report 3
2017-10-01T00:00:00

Much academic research and popular media coverage neglects the vital role of religion and religious communities in North American cities. This roundtable report can help stimulate a conversation on how to begin to bridge that gap in your community or sphere of influence. Focusing on the future of both cities and religion, it is the third report in a three-report series on the social and cultural good of religion in the city. Future collaboration in cities requires intentional focus and investment. How will this investment become more difficult in the coming years? How will it get easier? What is necessary for religious faith and spirituality to be seen as vital contributors to the common good that we depend on?


Read the other reports:

Yes, Economics is Religious. This is Not a Bad Thing.
Yes, Economics is Religious. This is Not a Bad Thing.
2017-09-26T00:00:00

Program Director Brian Dijkema responds to a recent article by John Rapley and asks: Why can't economics be more like religion?

Missing Family Dynamics
Missing Family Dynamics
2017-09-11T00:00:00

Dr. Mark Milke considers the role of family factors in changing rates of poverty and inequality, for the first time in Canada. The data show that the family form with the highest income level (two parents with children) diminished from 71.6 percent of families in 1976 to just 49.8 percent of families in 2014. Family fracturing appears to correlate with changing inequality levels. If we seek solutions to the problems of inequality and poverty, understanding the family angle matters.

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