The Special Diet Allowance is an important benefit available to people receiving assistance from Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program. It provides funding to cover the additional cost of food required to treat particular medical conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease. While the Allowance has long been part of the social assistance system, the provincial government has made several changes to the program and has signalled a desire to eliminate it. Through our policy advocacy, organizing, and litigation work, ISAC has been pushing back.
- Important Milestone for Social Assistance Announced November 30, 2010 - The Ontario government’s announcements today on the social assistance review and special diet allowance program are both welcome steps forward on the road to improved income security for Ontarians. “This is the bold and broad review that we’ve been looking for, led by two credible commissioners who we have confidence will lead an independent and thoughtful review process,” says Mary Marrone, Director of Advocacy and Legal Services for the Income Security Advocacy Centre.