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Transforming Ontario Works: An Information Symposium

Many people in Ontario agree that Ontario Works needs to be fixed. One of the ways it could be fixed is to give people more help to get a job, so they can get out of poverty and the trap of social isolation. Some people call this fix ‘opportunity planning’. Others call it ‘human capital development’, or a ‘personalized approach’ with ‘wrap-around services’. But what do these words mean? What are the pros and cons of ‘opportunity planning’? Are there models for how it might…

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What stops us from working?

New ways to make work pay, by fixing the treatment of earnings under the Ontario Disability Support Program This report, commissioned by The Dream Team, Houselink, and CAMH, makes the case for reform of ODSP practices that discourage recipients from working. Personal narratives of ODSP recipients illustrate the roadblocks faced by recipients, and these narratives are linked to concrete policy recommendations intended to promote greater labour market attachment for ODSP recipients. Implementing the changes recommended in this report should help…

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What stops us from working?

New ways to make work pay, by fixing the treatment of earnings under the Ontario Disability Support Program This report, commissioned by The Dream Team, Houselink, and CAMH, makes the case for reform of ODSP practices that discourage recipients from working. Personal narratives of ODSP recipients illustrate the roadblocks faced by recipients, and these narratives are linked to concrete policy recommendations intended to promote greater labour market attachment for ODSP recipients. Implementing the changes recommended in this report should help…

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Ease the path to work

Ontario’s disability support program is supposed to keep people from falling into destitution because of their disability and help find jobs for those who can work. At just $1,053 a month for a single person the rate is so low that it fails utterly in its first goal. And, once someone receives that cheque, hundreds of punitive rules kick in that undermine the program’s second goal as well. As the Star’s Laurie Monsebraaten reports, Ontarians on disability support who have tried to…

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Working Better: Creating a High-Performing Labour Market in Ontario

This new report presents a fresh accounting of the state of Ontario’s labour market and calls for a strategic overhaul. “Working Better:  Creating a High-Performing Labour Market in Ontario” was written by Tom Zizys, a Fellow at the Metcalf Foundation, a private family foundation invested in building a just, healthy, and creative society. The report takes a look back over the past thirty years, describing a profound alteration in our labour market system.  A thorough historical review and present-day analysis…

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Gender Equity & the Review

Women – and especially women from racialized groups – experience poverty differently from other people, and have particular concerns that should be addressed in the course of the Social Assistance Review. In November 2011, a group of women wrote to Minister Meilleur and Minister Broten encouraging them to ensure that Ontario’s review of social assistance programs would be “guided by a gender and equity analysis”. This group of women then reached out to others. On February 25, the YWCA, the Institute for Feminist Legal…

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The ‘Ball’ or the ‘Bridge’: The Stark Choice for Social Assistance Reform in Ontario

The Ball Think about a small ball of string that you keep at home. Every time you have a loose piece of string, you wrap it around the ball and poke each end into the ball. You keep up the practice for years until you have an unkempt ball of string that is as big as a basketball. In your mind’s eye, think of taking that large ball of string and immersing in a large vat of crazy glue. Take…

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The ‘Ball’ or the ‘Bridge’: The Stark Choice for Social Assistance Reform in Ontario

The Ball Think about a small ball of string that you keep at home. Every time you have a loose piece of string, you wrap it around the ball and poke each end into the ball. You keep up the practice for years until you have an unkempt ball of string that is as big as a basketball. In your mind’s eye, think of taking that large ball of string and immersing in a large vat of crazy glue. Take…

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