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It may mislead public policy because it does not take into account that the objective of the household is to provision itself, rather than simply to raise the income of one of its members (Nelson 1993). As an example, consider the fact that this method will indicate that a family with a very high wage earner who finds a moderately paying job after displacement bears a higher cost of adjustment than a worker in another family who switches from one low-paying job to another. Families with the characteristics of the former may then be entitled to larger transfers if income support is determined on the basis of wage loss even if the second family is unable, after adjustment, to meet its needs.

44 These three areas were the focus of the strategies proposed in the report. 47 Elliot Lake did not seem to be ideally situated for a popular retirement community, but Dimock realized that even though it was a small community in comparison to many, and isolated from large population centres, it could make one extremely attractive offer to seniors: inexpensive housing. When the program began in 1987, rents were as low as $250 a month for a one-bedroom apartment, with three-bedroom houses renting through the program for about $400 a month.

I responded by spending the next two months designing a complex program that would offer the pre-employability training courses needed for project approval. The basic literacy and numeracy programming was expanded to include self-assessment, career exploration and job-search skills, life skills, labour market information, essential workplace and 48 Boom Town Blues computer skills, and a work placement. At a meeting on 21 November 1991, Employment and Immigration officials indicated that they liked the proposal and told me that "the eyes of the province" would be on us, as this was the only literacy program that Employment and Immigration had ever funded.

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