The Social Safety Net:
It is a collection of social programs to prevent widespread poverty, provide relief and help for all Canadians; especially the elderly and the young, the sick/disabled and the destitute.
The Social Safety Net was built, part by part, by popular struggles and the demands of the public, and are not gifts/concessions from governments.
It provides some protection from frequent collapses in the economy.
Universal Health Care, Education, and Social Security are examples fo the Social Safety Net.
The Social Safety Net is a small and shrinking portion of budgets at all levels of government.
In this era of un/underemployment, stagnant or declining wages, the social safety net becomes more and more important.
Youtube Video of Part of the Social Safety Net:
Youtube video: launch of social safety net at city hall, March 2014: