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Report aims to put poverty on the agenda in federal election campaign

Monday, October 7th, 2019

… the problem persists in all 338 federal ridings, with First Nations and recent immigrant children impacted the most… In the 68 ridings with the highest rates of child poverty, an average of 32 per cent of children — more than 400,000 — are growing up poor… Twenty-nine ridings with the highest child poverty rates are in Ontario, with 14 of them in Toronto.

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Reversal of provincial welfare cuts hailed as victory for municipalities and advocates

Friday, October 4th, 2019

Municipalities, along with refugee services, community agencies and health care providers warned that without the monthly benefit of up to $230 per child, these low-income families would be forced into homelessness… But… the relief may be short-lived, adding the government’s “open-ended social services review remains a cause for serious concern and ongoing vigilance.”

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Ford government cancels planned cuts to social assistance payments

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

The Ford government is scrapping controversial cuts to welfare for vulnerable children and adults with part-time jobs as part of a broader review of Ontario’s social assistance system… Each month, the Transition Child Benefit helps an average of 32,000 children whose families are either not receiving the Ontario Child Benefit and the Canada Child Benefit or are not getting the full amount.

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Health care, social service groups unite to fight Ford government’s proposed welfare changes

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

An unprecedented coalition of more than 80 Ontario health care and social service organizations is urging the Ford government to reverse a proposed welfare change that could deny disability support to tens of thousands of people with cancer, HIV and mental illness. “Changing the definition of disability could compromise the health of people across the province and negatively impact overall well-being,” they say…

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Ford government’s child-care tax credit not much help to low-income families, watchdog says

Wednesday, September 25th, 2019

… two-thirds of the estimated $460 million annual cost of the tax credit will go to families who make more than $63,700 a year. That is because low-income families pay very little income tax and are unlikely to spend their limited income on child care… Ontario’s tax credit would need to triple to bring women’s labour force participation up to the level of Quebec… where 86.7 per cent of women with young children are working

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Is Ford government reconsidering welfare cuts? Provincial directive fuels speculation

Tuesday, September 24th, 2019

The Ford government has directed municipalities to “destroy” more than 240,000 inserts to October welfare cheques outlining previously announced cuts to social assistance this fall… The insert to be destroyed includes notification that the $67 million Transition Child Benefit, is being eliminated Nov. 1. It also includes information about changes to earnings exemptions…

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Economic analysis of child benefit bolsters case for national basic income

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

The Canada Child Benefit has not only lifted kids out of poverty, but it has boosted the country’s economy by $139 billion since 2016, according to a new economic analysis of the initiative… Every dollar Ottawa spends in child benefits generates almost $2 in economic activity, says the report by the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis

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Liberals committed $13B to affordable housing, report says

Tuesday, August 27th, 2019

Legislation passed in June requires Ottawa to advance a human rights-based approach to housing that prioritizes the needs of the most vulnerable and requires regular reporting to Parliament on progress toward meeting its housing strategy goals… “It promotes diverse communities, and builds housing that is sustainable, accessible, mixed income, mixed use and that is fully integrated into the community — close to transit, close to work and close to public services.

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Ottawa hit interim target for poverty reduction ahead of schedule, statistics reveal

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

The Trudeau government has already met its interim target of cutting poverty by 20 per cent by 2020, and is working to reach its goal of slashing poverty in half by 2030… Some 850,000 Canadians have been pulled out of poverty since the Liberals were elected in 2015… Having met its 2020 goal, the government now must “aspire” to lift more than 2 million Canadians out of poverty by 2030, according to the legislation.

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For years, child advocate Irwin Elman has been a voice for the voiceless. That voice has now been silenced

Sunday, April 28th, 2019

… with the Ford government’s decision last fall… tens of thousands of Ontario’s most vulnerable children and youth will lose the sympathetic ear — and advocacy — of several dozen staff dedicated to their well-being. These kids include First Nations children and youth, those seeking or receiving services from children’s aid societies, children’s mental health and youth criminal justice systems and those with disabilities or attending provincial schools for the deaf, blind and developmentally disabled.

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