The Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario is expected to release an Options Paper in early February 2012 with options for reforming Ontario Works (OW) and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), followed by a very short period for public response and feedback. The options could have far-reaching implications for people on low incomes.

In this webinar series, Jennefer Laidley and Dana Milne of the Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC) present information on 3 different options expected in the paper and offer a variety of tools to help groups across Ontario organize consultations in their communities and make submissions.

The Options Paper was released before the third webinar – as a result, the third webinar addresses the content of the Options Paper directly.

The toolkit – the information and organizing package that accompanies all three of these webinars – can be downloaded here.

NOTE: We updated the toolkit after the Options Paper was released, and before Webinar 3. The updated toolkit is here.

1. Tax Delivered Income – Thursday, January 26

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2. Moving Benefits outside OW and ODSP – Wednesday February 1

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3. Merging OW and ODSP – Monday, February 6

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These three webinars were hosted by Your Legal Rights.

The webinars were offered by ISAC, in partnership with the Ontario Council for Agencies Serving ImmigrantsYWCA TorontoColour of Poverty – Colour of ChangeMetro Toronto Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic, the ODSP Action CoalitionCampaign 2000 and the Community legal clinic system’s Steering Committee on Social Assistance.