Guaranteed income the answer

TheStar.com – Opinion/Readers’ Letters – Re: Fumbling at the top, Editorial May 1
May 6, 2016.   Gail Michalenko

Thank you for the editorial that informed the public about the exorbitant amount of money wasted to put the SAM system in place that was intended to improve administration of Ontario Works and ODSP across the province only to find that it has become a complete nightmare for both staff and recipients.

However these costs are just the tip of the iceberg to administer a system that keeps people in abject poverty, is punitive and provides little incentive for people to improve their economic circumstances.

Implementation of a guaranteed annual income system similar to the federal Old Age Security system now in place would reduce administration costs drastically, would restore dignity to low-income individuals and families and would provide more incentive to improve economic circumstances.

Introducing a guaranteed annual income is the only true poverty reduction strategy that makes any sense.

Gail Michalenko, Collingwood

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