I've also heard that there are other provinces that continue to claw back these benefits from these families. One group in particular who I think you should know about who continue to suffer are the children who are in the care of the state. These are some of the most vulnerable children in our country. They have become an economic benefit for some governments and also for a number of people. They are almost a natural resource. We often say that our children are a resource, but in this case, they're actually an economic benefit. The more children you have in care, the greater the economic benefit. This is true in a lot of provinces, especially for first nations children.
I just want to put on your plate and in your mind that, if you have the opportunity to talk to various provinces, you make sure they don't claw back this money from these children. I know they're doing it in the province of Manitoba. It's not that I want to start a war with Manitoba, and I also know they're doing it in other provinces. I'd like to ensure that the monies that we give to these children, the most in need, when they leave child welfare at age 18 or they age out—children who often have no social support sometimes and very poor family structures—will at least give them financial resources that can propel them to a better future. They need at least to have the potential to pay for an education that will give them the long-term success they need so they don't end up living in places like the Occidental Hotel, now the Red Road Lodge, in Winnipeg, which is essentially a place for homeless people. Because they're 18 and they've aged out, they don't have the financial resources to pay because no one really wants these kids. I hope to put it in your head in a public way—and I hope you don't mind, sir—so you will talk to other finance ministers when you have the chance to encourage them to look at that.
I have a very short question. I'm just wondering if there are any studies being done on the longitudinal impacts on the Canada child benefit, especially among families. What are they using the monies for? Who benefits the most? Are we conducting scientific studies in order to really understand this form of guaranteed income for families?
Thank you for your time and for listening. I appreciate it.