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ISAC Responds to Final Report of Social Assistance Review

TORONTO (Oct 24, 2012) – The Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC) is urging the provincial government to respond to the report of the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario by immediately engaging with people on social assistance. “It is time to move social assistance away from punishment and surveillance and toward dignity and support,” said Mary Marrone, Director of Advocacy and Legal Services. “The first step must be to evaluate the Commission’s recommendations in consultation with the people…

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Why Don’t We Want the Poor to Own Anything?

We all tend to think things were tougher in the past. We walked to school in the snow. We made less money. Welfare was harder to get. Wasn’t it? As a matter of fact, when we look at the asset limitations on the four programs in Ontario that still have them – Ontario Works, disability support, subsidized housing, and legal aid – the limits for eligibility are the harshest they have ever been. Canada has a wide range of social security…

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Racialized Communities Consultations Report

Colour of Poverty/Colour of Change (COP-COC) is a province wide campaign made up of individuals and organizations working to build community-based capacity to address the growing racialization of poverty and the resulting increased levels of social exclusion and marginalization of racialized communities – both First Peoples and peoples of colour – in Ontario. COP-COC sees the Review as an opportunity to improve access to income security for members of racialized groups – both Canadian born and immigrant communities, as well…

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