This is a letter from 27 organizations in communities across Ontario. Dear Premier Wynne, Minister Jeffrey, Minister Piruzza, and Minister McMeekin, We are writing as a coalition of concerned organizations to urge you to respond without delay to the growing crisis in housing and homelessness across Ontario. While there are many housing needs across the […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
An Ontario free of poverty will be reflected in healthy, inclusive communities with a place of dignity for everyone and the essential conditions of well-being for all.
The mission of Poverty Free Ontario is to eliminate divided communities in which large numbers of adults and children live in chronic states of material hardship, poor health and social exclusion.
Poverty Free Ontario is an initiative of the Social Planning Network of Ontario.
PDF of presentation "Human Dignity for All: Working for a Poverty Free Ontario" made in 20 communities across the province (March-June 2011).
SPNO is working on the Poverty Free Ontario initiative in conjunction with the Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition (ISARC), which is dedicated to faith-based approaches to public policy reform in areas of social justice and poverty elimination. ISARC’s current campaign can be found at www.faithtoendpoverty.ca