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We'’re Making Progress

Three background papers on the National Child Benefit (NCB) are attached: the NCB Governance and Accountability Framework; NCB Performance Measures: Approaches to Measuring and Reporting on Results; and the Status Update on Reinvestment Plans under the National Child Benefit.

Through the National Child Benefit, Canadian governments1 are working together to prevent and reduce child poverty, support parents in their employment efforts, and reduce the overlap and duplication of government services. These background papers chart the progress we’ve made to date.

The spirit of openness, mutual responsibility and respect that has made the NCB a model of co-operative government within the social union is reflected in the NCB Governance and Accountability Framework. This paper sets out the program’s objectives, operating principles, and governance and accountability roles for putting the new Benefit into practice.

NCB Performance Measures: Approaches to Measuring and Reporting on Results presents approaches for consideration in our efforts to develop a set of measures to gauge the success of the NCB initiative. While realizing that the National Child Benefit initiative is only one of many social and economic factors that will affect the well-being of children and families, the Government of Canada, provincial and territorial governments are committed to accurate and timely reporting on the progress of the NCB over time.

Descriptions of the current status of provincial/territorial strategies for reinvestment are provided in the background paper Status Update on Reinvestment Plans under the National Child Benefit. Provinces and territories are putting strategies in place that will best suit low-income families in their jurisdictions.

March 12, 1998

1Quebec, while agreeing with the basic principles of the National Child Benefit, has not taken part in the development of the initiative because it wishes to assume control of income support for the children of Quebec. Consequently, any reference to joint federal-provincial-territorial positions in these background papers does not include Quebec.

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