Ontario to Review Social Assistance


Ontario WorksTHUNDER BAY – The Ontario Government is launching a major review of the province’s social assistance network. The review will examine social assistance and its relationship with other federal, provincial and municipal income security programs to gain a better understanding of how these programs, working together, can provide better outcomes for people. The review is the first step in developing a concrete action plan that will make social assistance:

more effective at getting people into jobs by connecting them with the right education and training opportunities, while providing security for those who cannot work

easier to understand

work better with other federal, provincial and municipal income security programs, such as Employment Insurance, and

financially sustainable.

Ontario has appointed The Honourable Frances Lankin, P.C., United Way Toronto’s past President and CEO, and Dr. Munir Sheikh, Canada’s former Chief Statistician, as commissioners. The review will begin January 2011 and finish in June 2012.

Going forward, the Special Diet Allowance will also be revised to make it compliant with the recent Order of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and more accountable to taxpayers. The program, along with other existing social assistance benefits, will be considered within the context of the Social Assistance Review.

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