The Social Assistance Review Advisory Council has issued its final report, which makes recommendations to the Minister of Community and Social Services on the mandate and terms of reference for a review of Ontario’s two social assistance programs, Ontario Works (OW) and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).
Among its recommendations, the report recommends expanding the scope of the review to examine the entirety of Ontario’s income security system. ISAC’s Director of Advocacy and Legal Services, Mary Marrone, is one of nine members of the Council.
The Council was appointed in December 2009 with a mandate to make recommendations to the Minister about the scope and terms of reference for a review of Ontario’s social assistance system, and to advise the Minister about possible short-term changes that could improve the programs for the people who rely on them, without adding substantial costs.Read the entire report by downloading the PDF here
The report is also available on the Ministry of Community and Social Services website
And, read SARAC’s February 2010 recommendations for short-term rule changes that could significantly improve OW and ODSP