Bringing together top scholars in the field, Universality and Social Policy in Canada provides an overview of the universality
principle in social welfare. The contributors survey the many contested meanings of universality in relation to specific social
programs, the field of social policy, and the modern welfare state. The book argues that while universality is a core value
undergirding certain areas of state intervention-most notably health care and education-the contributory principle of social
insurance and the selectivity principle of income assistance are also highly significant precepts in practice.