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Take a ‘Call-in Coffee Break’ to Save the CSUMB!

On Friday, Sept. 28, take 5 minutes to tell your MPP to reverse the cuts to housing benefits for people on OW and ODSP!   Every month, thousands of people in Ontario need the Community Start-up and Maintenance Benefit (CSUMB) and the Home Repairs Benefit (HRB) to stay housed or establish a new home. These benefits work because: They are targeted to people on social assistance (OW and ODSP) who are among the most vulnerable in Ontario. People on assistance have…

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From ‘Social Assistance Review’ to ‘Income Security Review’: Why it Matters for Low-Income Ontarians

The Social Assistance Review Advisory Council issued a report on June 14, 2010. In this report, the Council calls on the provincial government to conduct an Ontario Income Security Review. The Council’s report is important, because it gives the government a roadmap for how to review social assistance and other income security programs in Ontario. But it’s also important because it expands the focus of the discussion. Before, people were talking about how to improve Ontario Works (OW) and the Ontario…

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Including the Voices of People on OW and ODSP

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: Across Boundaries Algoma Community Legal Clinic and Sault Ste. Marie Community Soup Kitchen Canadian Mental Health Association Grey Bruce Branch…

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From Welfare to Work in Ontario: Still the Road Less Travelled

A few years ago, TD Bank Financial Group laid out a goal for Canadians: to raise the country’s standard of living above U.S. levels within 15 years. In 2002, the bank hosted the TD Forum on Canada’s Standard of Living, which brought together Canadians from all walks of life to develop practical suggestions for how to translate the standard of living challenge into reality. And, in support of that goal, TD Economics has produced a series of reports on the…

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A Roundtable on Poverty

When Start Me Up Niagara (SMUN) and the Niagara North Community Legal Clinic (NNCLC) decided to host a roundtable discussion on social assistance reform, they were hoping to get about 35 people to show up; instead they got almost twice that. The discussion was held to give those living on social assistance a chance to have their voices heard through a report being tabled with the Commission on the Review of Social Assistance. The Commission, which the provincial government announced…

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Submission to the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario

The Income Security Advocacy Centre is pleased to make this submission to Ontario’s Commission for the Review of Social Assistance. Our submission sets out a vision for social assistance and an analysis of how the current programs support or undermine that vision. And while this submission references the Commission’s Discussion Paper, it does not follow the questions asked in the Commission’s Workbook. As we expect a robust consultation on program design options in the second consultation, we are instead focusing…

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An Activation Agenda for People with Disabilities on ODSP

The ODSP Action Coalition submitted its recommendations for changes to ODSP to Ontario’s Social Assistance Review on June 29, 2011. The Coalition’s submission, Dignity, Adequacy, Inclusion: Rethinking the Ontario Disability Support Program, argues for policy changes that recognize and assert the fundamental rights of persons with disabilities. On July 6, 2011, a delegation from the Coalition met with Commissioners Frances Lankin and Munir Sheikh to present our vision of and specific recommendations for an income and employment supports program which truly…

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