Peel Poverty Action Group took its campaign for a better deal for people with disabilities to the floor of the Ontario Legislature.
Last week, NDP MPP Michael Prue (Beaches-East York) presented a petition circulated by PPAG, which calls on the Ontario government during a planned review of the Ontario Disability Support System (ODSP) to “develop a system that supports and encourages people with disabilities rather than diminishes, curtails and punishes them.â€
People who rely on ODSP receive about $1,000 per month, and that must pay for rent, food and everything else from clothing and bus fares to telephone bills. If an ODSP recipient gets a job, the government claws back half the earnings, according to PPAG.
PPAG asked that a promised review of social assistance require ODSP allowances to be adequate. It also pointed out that successive governments have failed to tie social services funding to population growth, which has severely affected Peel’s ability to respond to the needs of residents with disabilities.