How Canada'’s social programs can
work better, save lives, and often save money.


Governments and social agencies tackle the toughest social problems their citizens face — poverty, homelessness, mental and physical illness, violence, abuse, and more. Yet these problems persist in Canada in many cases, they are worsening and the costs of the social safety net continue to rise.

By James Hughes



James Hughes has worked as a senior administrator in social services for more than fifteen years.

He is the founding president of the Montreal non-profit Youth Employment Services and was director general of the Old Brewery Mission. He was the deputy minister of social development in New Brunswick and is now the president of the Graham Boeckh Foundation.

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the book

In Early Intervention James Hughes showcases the best of these innovative approaches.

He provides representative real-life case histories of Canadian beneficiaries of this new thinking and presents the findings of researchers who have compared the outcomes of new approaches with traditional ones.

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