Canada’s social safety nets produce “humiliation and shame” — here’s why

An in-depth conversation with the co-authors of The Trampoline Effect: Reimagining Our Social Safety Nets

Why It Matters

The pandemic is an opportunity to radically reimagine the ways Canadian government and civil society cares for people, say Sarah Schulman and Gord Tulloch — but to do so, both sectors need a deeper understanding of the problems embedded into our social safety nets.

Depending on who you ask, Canada’s social safety net has not held up to the test of COVID-19. And last Monday’s federal budget patched some (even many) of the holes, but did not radically reimagine what it means to support vulnerable communities or help them flourish. 

Sarah Schulman and Gord Tulloch are the authors of a new book called The Trampoline Effect: Reimagining Our Social Safety Nets. The book envisions a future where social safety nets don’t catch and trap the people who access them, but rather trampoline them back up when they’re ready. 

How might this future come true? Future of Good publisher and CEO Vinod Rajasekaran sat down with Schulman and Tulloch to find out. 

This conversation has been edited for length and clarity. 

Vinod Rajasekaran: There were hundreds of profound, provocative questions in your book.

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