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

Canadian Mental Health Association Toronto Branch (PDF)

Community Advocacy and Legal Centre – Belleville (PDF)

Community Living Tillsonburg

Parkdale Community Legal Services

Poverty Reduction Committee of Sarnia-Lambton and Community Legal Assistance Sarnia (CLAS) (PDF)

Regent Park Community Health Centre (PDF)

Toronto Drop In Network (PDF)

Voices for Change – Halton (PDF)

Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre

In addition, ISAC partnered with Ontario Campaign 2000 on the Bringing In Women’s Voices project.

Through this project, which was supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, workshops were held with low-income women in 10 communities across Ontario to help ensure that their voices – and especially those of lone mothers – are heard in the discussions around economic security, including in the Social Assistance Review.

You can read the Key Messages from this project here.

All submissions made to the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance are available on the Commission’s website: