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Toronto, Aug 1 (Canadian-Media): Lisa MacLeod, Ontario Minister of Children, Community and Social Services said yesterday that Ontario is working on a plan to reform Social Assistance to helps more people re-enter the workforce and get back on track, media reports said.
Lisa MacLeod. Image credit: Facebook page
Over the past 15 years the number of Ontarians on Social Assistance has escalated by 55 percent.
MacLeod said Ontario government has decided to accelerate 100 day deadline to develop this Assistance program to help people out of poverty.
"Social assistance will always be about compassion for people in need, but it must also be about lifting people up and helping them get their lives back on track through more jobs, more opportunities and more hope. Tackling the serious issues facing our social assistance system is not an easy thing to do. But it is the right thing to do. And we will get this right," said MacLeod.
Ontario, meanwhile, will provide current Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program recipients with an increase of 1.5 percent across-the-board, in support rates to help them with a higher cost of living.
MacLeod also announced that the Province will be closing Ontario’s Basic Income research project in order to focus resources on more important resources.
“Our plan will help get people back to work and keep them working, while supporting people with disabilities to work when they are able and participate in their communities,” said MacLeod. “And our efforts to fix social assistance will go hand-in-hand with our commitments to reduce gas prices by 10 cents per litre, lower hydro rates, and provide targeted tax relief for working parents and minimum wage earners, all of which will provide focused benefits to lower income families.”
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)