The McGuinty government’s budget has taken important steps to reduce poverty in Ontario. However, fundamental reform of social assistance remains a necessity, particularly as growing numbers of Ontarians lose their jobs.
Social Assistance Reform
The government has made a commitment to poverty reduction. And all of the political parties in the Ontario Legislature voted in favour of poverty reduction legislation. They can now demonstrate their commitment – by setting up a Review process that results in a social assistance system that actually helps to reduce poverty. Tell the decision-makers that the Social …
Ontario finally has a poverty reduction strategy. It’s about time.
For years, anti-poverty activists have been pleading with government to take poverty seriously. Teachers have talked about how poorly children do in school when they are hungry and distracted. Health practitioners have listed the ways poverty makes people sick and costs the health-care system millions of dollars. Low-income people have insisted that they should not be blamed for their poverty, but rather that the root causes of poverty such as low wages, lack of child care, discrimination and low levels of training and education should be addressed.
In December 2004, Deb Matthews, the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Community and Social Services, released her long-awaited report on social assistance with several recommendations for improving the system in ways that actually work for low-income people. Read the . . Read ISAC’s Read ISAC’s detailed response to the Matthews’ Report:
ISAC is undertaking a major consultation on the income security system to identify priority concerns for litigation and generate new ideas for law reform. We are seeking to involve those most affected by income security policy by working with anti poverty and grassroots organizations and we need your help to reach across the province. We …