When reading that the Alberta government was in the process of cutting off education and training benefits for welfare recipients who were trying to upgrade their formal education and work skills, I couldn’t believe it. If anything, Alberta should be increasing those benefits so as to get people working and paying taxes (h/t Jack’s Newswatch).
Instead, the Alberta government is going to use the money saved to provide welfare benefits to immigrants who find themselves trapped in the sex trade. Now, I have no objection to that because that too will get people into reputable and safe jobs.
However, it shouldn’t be an either or situation. I mean, isn’t it common sense that in order to move people from relying on social assistance to jobs, they are going to have to acquire a high school graduation diploma at a minimum, as well as work-related skills?
Yes, I am aware that there are generations of entire families who have existed on welfare benefits. But, I believe they are in the minority And, yes, I am aware that there are recipients who are referred to as “the hard-to-serve” — people who are not able to find or maintain jobs because of some characteristic that makes them unemployable.
However, it’s not called “the welfare trap” for nothing. And education benefits are one way to find a way out of that trap.
c/p Jack’s Newswatch.