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Province opening 50,000 free, 24-hour, child care spaces for essential workers

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

Ontario is partnering with municipalities and First Nations to open as many as 50,000 child care spaces for essential workers across the province in centres that will be free and available 24-7… All licensed child care centres in the province were ordered closed last Tuesday to help slow the spread of COVID-19… Free, 24-7 child care for children up to age 12 is unprecedented

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Did free cash drive people to quit work? Not according to a new study of Ontario’s basic income experiment

Thursday, March 5th, 2020

Three-quarters of people who were employed before joining Ontario’s ill-fated basic income pilot project continued to work while receiving the no-strings-attached monthly stipend, according to a new study. And more than one-third of those low-wage workers were able to move to higher paying and more secure jobs… The findings shatter the belief among skeptics that basic income discourages people from working.

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Canada can end poverty and shrink inequality by adding an annual basic income of $22K, new report says

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

“Basic income in Canada is not a question of possibilities, but of priorities… It is clear from child and seniors’ benefits that basic income works for many Canadians already. The federal government’s priority now must be to take leadership to make it work for everybody”… “We say we want to do something about poverty. And yet we give away $122 billion worth of tax expenditures every year to people who aren’t anywhere close to the poverty line…”

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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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