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Welfare reform creeps at snail’s pace

Little provincial action since 2008 pledge to review regulations on clawbacks, savings Bronwen Sims calls it Ontario’s ‘work disincentive program.’ The 35-year-old woman, who suffers from bipolar disorder and fibromyalgia, has been living in poverty on Ontario’s disability support program for the past 10 years while doctors help her battle alcoholism, depression and severe panic attacks related to her mental illness. Sims has been well enough to work part-time for the past five years. But her chances of crawling out…

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Important Milestone for Social Assistance Announced

TORONTO (30 Nov 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. “Frances Lankin…

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The Real Cost of Cutting the Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit

The provincial government’s decision to eliminate the Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit (CSUMB) will have negative impacts – not only on housing, but also on people’s health. The Wellesley Institute and ISAC – along with ACTO, the AOHC, Street Health, and the Peterborough County-City Health Unit – have partnered to produce a new report, “The Real Cost of Cutting the Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit: A Health Equity Impact Assessment.” The report calls on the provincial government to halt the…

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Why is it so tough to get ahead?

How our tangled social programs pathologize the transition to self-reliance Life is tough for poor people – we know that. Why do we develop public policies that make it even tougher? Working-age social assistance recipients in Ontario, especially those who are public housing residents, live with disincentives. The more they earn, the more they lose in benefits; when they tell the truth, they are penalized. The programs within the social assistance and housing systems work in isolation from each other.…

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A Housing Benefit for Ontario: One Housing Solution for a Poverty Reduction Strategy

Hundreds of thousands of poor people in Ontario – whether they work or receive social assistance – spend more than half their income on shelter. This is a proposal to address this feature of poverty in Ontario by designing a new housing benefit. A broad coalition from the rental housing industry, the non-profit housing sector, the community-based sector, as well as two private foundations, came together to develop these ideas. It is no accident that the coalition includes Daily Bread…

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A Housing Benefit for Ontario: One Housing Solution for a Poverty Reduction Strategy

Hundreds of thousands of poor people in Ontario – whether they work or receive social assistance – spend more than half their income on shelter. This is a proposal to address this feature of poverty in Ontario by designing a new housing benefit. A broad coalition from the rental housing industry, the non-profit housing sector, the community-based sector, as well as two private foundations, came together to develop these ideas. It is no accident that the coalition includes Daily Bread…

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