Richard ShillingtonSocial Policy Expert & Researcher

    Richard Shillington has post-graduate degrees in statistics from the University of Waterloo.  He has been engaged in the quantitative analysis of health, social and economic policy for the past 30 years.  His research has covered several policy fields; health manpower planning, program evaluation, income security, poverty, tax policy and human rights.  He has worked for several provincial and federal departments, as well as commissions studying the economy, unemployment insurance, human rights and tax policy.

    He appears regularly before committees of the House of Commons and the Senate.  He also provides commentaries regularly for television, radio and newspapers on issues of taxation, human rights and social policy.

    Internationally, Dr. Shillington has been doing work on social indicators for the Social Policy Development Centre in Pakistan and on monitoring human rights for the South Africa Human Rights Commission.

    His proudest achievements are the awards:

    – by the Statistical Society of Canada for the best Canadian Ph.D. Thesis that year;
    – by the federal government for Citizen Engagement in Policy Research;
    – by the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Mathematics for Alumni Achievement.

    His significant policy impacts include:

    – publishing research on the GIS clawback of RRSP savings. The resulting TFSAs are not the solution he would have picked for this problem.
    – creating pressure for auto-enrolment for OAS/GIS by highlighting the number of seniors not getting the GIS they’re entitled to.

    Canada’s nonprofit sector labour force is not well-served by the current retirement support system (RRSPs / traditional pension).  This is because they are often lower-income or part-time workers with higher turnover rates.  GIS claws back their pension, CPP and RRSP benefits.  That’s why I support the Common Good Retirement Initiative, which uses savings instruments designed to work better for this population.

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