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Ontario Must Move on Social Assistance Reform: Budget 2009

For Immediate Release TORONTO – 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. “The McGuinty government is moving in the right direction on poverty reduction in Ontario,” said Sarah Blackstock, Research & Policy Analyst at the Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC). “This budget shows that government is beginning to take the needs of people on social assistance seriously…

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ISAC Response to the Commission’s Second Discussion Paper

UPDATE: Here is ISAC’s complete submission in response to the discussion paper La présentation est disponible en français ici —————————- Originally posted March 15: Since the release of the Commission’s second discussion paper, ISAC has been reviewing the paper in detail to both provide information on what the paper says, and to craft the best response possible by the Commission’s March 16 feedback deadline. To create a response that addresses the issues that affect groups that deal with the most disadvantage in our…

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Positive or Punitive: What will Reform Mean for People with Disabilities?

ODSP Action Coalition response to the Commission’s second discussion paper Positive or Punitive? We must state at the outset that this kind of understanding of the needs and reality of life for people with disabilities did not come through in “Approaches for Reform”. We know from the companion document, “What We Heard”, that the Commission was told a lot about the barriers and stresses of dealing with disability and poverty. But most of the suggested changes discussed in the Commission’s…

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