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COALITION ASKS ONTARIO GOVERNMENT TO INVEST $1B IN SOCIAL ASSISTANCE

The ODSP Action Coalition has joined with the Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Committee, the Income Security Advocacy Center and other groups in calling on the Ontario government to add an extra $1 billion for social assistance in its 2017 budget.  This amount would pay for a 10% raise for OW and ODSP, and also allow a number of changes to the complicated rules that keep people in deep poverty. These ideas were spelled out in our pre-budget submission to the Minister of Finance, and to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs of the Ontario legislature