At Work

We spend most of our waking hours engaged in some form of work. Our income, working conditions, and education have a tremendous impact on our health outcomes. When everyone has access to high-quality education, to meaningful work, and to a decent income, we are thinking and acting upstream.

Living wages help employers too

$16.77 per hour is how much workers in Saskatoon need to earn just to afford the basics of life. But why would a business pay more than the legislated minimum wage? The Better Good's owner Laura Neufeld recently told Upstream of her experience  as a Living Wage employer, and why... read more
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A basic income guarantee may be the best medicine

194 physicians signed a letter sent today to Ontario's Minister of Health requesting his leadership to introduce a Basic Income Guarantee for the people of Ontario. It is a reflection of pervasive income-related health problems they see every day. Adequate, stable income is the only treatment. read more
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25 years later - There's still a lot of work to do

Upstream Policy Director Charles Plante talks to Kevin Stanfield on the Global morning news about where Canada and Saskatchewan are on child poverty - 25 years after a unanimous vote in the House of Commons to eradicate poverty. read more
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The Health Effects of Income Inequality: A Jet with 110 Canadians Falling Out of the Sky Each Day, Every Day, 365 Days a Year

An article for Upstream from Dennis Raphael, York University &Toba Bryant, University of Ontario Institute of Technology The crash of an airliner is a tragic disaster that triggers major investigations and quick action to make sure the same problem doesn’t occur again. As a result, these are events are, thankfully,... read more
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Child Poverty: 25 Years Later

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Inequality begins in the crib: Poor kids who do everything right don’t do better than rich kids who do everything wrong

This article explores the myth of meritocracy and paints a clear picture of how poverty creates systemic barriers to achieving health and well-being.    read more
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Organized Labour is Good Medicine

How do labour unions make us healthier? Simply put, inequality makes us sick, and it turns out that organized labour is a good antidote.  The Tyee argues that "labour organizing not only achieves livable wages for members, but exerts pressure against the widening income gap". read more
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"My Basic Income": Michael Bohmeyer's Story

More than exercise or diet, income is the leading factor in determining our health, with poverty being the root cause of poor health for so many Canadians. Enter: basic income. That is, a minimum income below which no Canadian would fall—an idea that could make an enormous difference to our collective, long-term... read more
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Money for Nothing? The idea of a guaranteed annual income

Increasingly, we understand that social factors are better predictors of health than genetics, or lifestyle choices like diet and exercise. It may surprise you to hear that income is the leading social determinant of health in Canada.** A Guaranteed Annual Income is one upstream idea that is getting a lot of attention... read more
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