Media – Poverty Free Ontario https://povertyfreeontario.ca Pulling poverty out by the roots Mon, 20 Jul 2020 14:35:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.0 Provincial adviser proposes basic income of least $1,320 https://povertyfreeontario.ca/2016/11/04/provincial-adviser-proposes-basic-income-least-1320/ https://povertyfreeontario.ca/2016/11/04/provincial-adviser-proposes-basic-income-least-1320/#comments Fri, 04 Nov 2016 15:08:00 +0000 https://povertyfreeontario.ca/?p=1210 Hugh Segal, Ontario’s special adviser on basic income, wants province to test the merits of boosting incomes for the working poor and replacing social assistance with no-strings attached payments. By Laurie Monsebraaten Social justice reporter Thu., Nov. 3, 2016 It has been hailed as the magic bullet to end poverty and denounced as a Trojan Horse to dismantle the social safety net.

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Ontario ‘recommits’ to tackling child poverty https://povertyfreeontario.ca/2014/09/04/ontario-recommits-tackling-child-poverty/ https://povertyfreeontario.ca/2014/09/04/ontario-recommits-tackling-child-poverty/#respond Thu, 04 Sep 2014 17:36:47 +0000 https://povertyfreeontario.ca/?p=1105 TORONTO – After failing to meet their own child poverty reduction strategy target — and blaming it on the Stephen Harper government and the economy — the Ontario Liberals are now pledging to eradicate homelessness. Deputy Premier Deb Matthews acknowledged Wednesday that her government failed to meet a goal it set in 2008 to reduce child poverty in Ontario by 25% in five years. “We knew that one...

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Toronto child poverty rate at ‘epidemic’ levels https://povertyfreeontario.ca/2014/08/27/toronto-child-poverty-rate-epidemic-levels/ https://povertyfreeontario.ca/2014/08/27/toronto-child-poverty-rate-epidemic-levels/#respond Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:37:23 +0000 https://povertyfreeontario.ca/?p=1101 TORONTO – Child poverty in Toronto has reached “epidemic” levels with 29 per cent of children — almost 149,000 — living in low-income families, according to new data being released Wednesday by a coalition of community activists and social agencies. Among Canada’s 13 major cities, Toronto is tied with Saint John, N.B., as having the highest child poverty rate, the coalition says. Graphic...

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Province Playing Welfare Shell Game https://povertyfreeontario.ca/2013/05/13/province-playing-welfare-shell-game/ https://povertyfreeontario.ca/2013/05/13/province-playing-welfare-shell-game/#comments Mon, 13 May 2013 14:49:47 +0000 https://povertyfreeontario.ca/?p=991 Re: Ontario takes a pass on real welfare reform, Opinion May 6 Carol Goar appears to have it right, although I would not agree that community advocates and social assistance recipients across the province are just relieved that the budget did not lead to further cuts. There is a strong sense of disappointment that the previously expressed social justice convictions of the new premier have not...

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Ontario commission calls for integrated welfare program, including for disabled, that removes barriers to work. https://povertyfreeontario.ca/2012/10/24/ontario-commission-calls-for-integrated-welfare-program-including-for-disabled-that-removes-barriers-to-work/ https://povertyfreeontario.ca/2012/10/24/ontario-commission-calls-for-integrated-welfare-program-including-for-disabled-that-removes-barriers-to-work/#respond Wed, 24 Oct 2012 18:29:03 +0000 https://povertyfreeontario.ca/?p=893 TORONTO – Ontario’s $8.3 billion welfare system should be transformed into a simpler, more effective and accountable system that helps move more people, including the disabled, into jobs and out of poverty, says the long-awaited report from the province’s social assistance review commission. Under this “transformational change,” disability benefits, children’s benefits and health benefits would be...

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Small fixes to Ontario’s welfare system not enough, says progress report https://povertyfreeontario.ca/2012/02/03/small-fixes-to-ontarios-welfare-system-not-enough-says-progress-report/ https://povertyfreeontario.ca/2012/02/03/small-fixes-to-ontarios-welfare-system-not-enough-says-progress-report/#respond Fri, 03 Feb 2012 14:30:04 +0000 https://povertyfreeontario.ca/?p=796 TORONTO – Small fixes will not be enough to bring about the transformational change Ontario’s social assistance needs, says a progress report by the province’s social assistance review commission. More employment support for those on welfare, including those with disabilities; streamlined delivery and new benefits available to all low-income people outside the welfare system are some of the ideas...

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Why poverty isn’t on the agenda https://povertyfreeontario.ca/2011/09/27/why-poverty-isnt-on-the-agenda/ https://povertyfreeontario.ca/2011/09/27/why-poverty-isnt-on-the-agenda/#comments Tue, 27 Sep 2011 20:57:50 +0000 https://povertyfreeontario.ca/?p=677 HAMILTON – More than 1.7 million Ontarians live below the poverty line; 89,000 of them live in Hamilton. But that population hasn’t been getting the attention of the three major party leaders leading up to next week’s provincial election. It’s the middle class — not people in poverty — who are the focus of the dialogue along the campaign trail, say social planners and anti-poverty advocates.

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Poverty campaign comes to Oshawa https://povertyfreeontario.ca/2011/09/21/poverty-campaign-comes-to-oshawa/ https://povertyfreeontario.ca/2011/09/21/poverty-campaign-comes-to-oshawa/#comments Wed, 21 Sep 2011 18:36:25 +0000 https://povertyfreeontario.ca/?p=675 DURHAM — With the provincial election on, a coalition of social and religious groups wants to make poverty an issue. Poverty Free Ontario kicked off its campaign last week in 16 Ontario communities, including Oshawa. Ted Glover, one of the organizers in Oshawa, said, “It’s sad we have to use the words poverty and Ontario in the same sentence. We’re one of the most wealthy provinces.

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Bridges wants politicians to put poverty on the agenda https://povertyfreeontario.ca/2011/09/21/bridges-wants-politicians-to-put-poverty-on-the-agenda/ https://povertyfreeontario.ca/2011/09/21/bridges-wants-politicians-to-put-poverty-on-the-agenda/#respond Wed, 21 Sep 2011 13:49:40 +0000 https://povertyfreeontario.ca/?p=670 FORT ERIE – It’s an issue that isn’t brought to the discussion table often — but Bridges Community Health Centre (CHC) isn’t letting it slip past the politicians in October’s provincial election. The community centre , which focuses on promoting health and developing the community, is partnering with Poverty Free Ontario, a non-partisan provincial initiative representing over 20 communities in the...

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Poverty eradication a political priority: group https://povertyfreeontario.ca/2011/09/16/poverty-eradication-a-political-priority-group/ https://povertyfreeontario.ca/2011/09/16/poverty-eradication-a-political-priority-group/#respond Sat, 17 Sep 2011 00:36:00 +0000 https://povertyfreeontario.ca/?p=651 York Region candidates canvassing your support for the Oct. 6 provincial election can expect a taste of their own marketing medicine. Poverty Free Ontario, a non-partisan initiative urging all political parties and electoral candidates to make poverty an election issue, launched Let’s Vote for a Poverty Free Ontario at Newmarket’s Inn From The Cold Thursday. The novel strategy to make poverty...

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