The Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC), the ODSP Action Coalition and the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario created a Workshop Facilitator’s Guide for advocates to use to hold discussions with people on social assistance.
A number of groups across Ontario used the Guide to conduct workshops in their community, and wrote submissions to the Commission based on those workshops.
The submissions are below:Canadian Mental Health Association Toronto Branch (PDF)
In addition, ISAC partnered with Ontario Campaign 2000 on the Bringing In Women’s Voices project. Through this project, which was supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, workshops were held with low-income women in 10 communities across Ontario to help ensure that their voices – and especially those of lone mothers – are heard in the discussions around economic security, including in the Social Assistance Review.
You can read the Key Messages from this project here.
Submissions made to the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance are available on the Ministry of Community and Social Services website at: http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/publications/social/socialServices_commssion.aspx.