Good start for poverty plan

Posted on December 17, 2008 in Equality Debates, Governance Debates, Social Security Debates – Opinion/letter – Good start for poverty plan
December 17, 2008

Re:`Worthy’ poor should include everyone, Dec. 15

Helen Henderson is right that Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy starts with children. That’s because research tells us that breaking the cycle of poverty – starting with our children – is the smartest investment we can make.

But our strategy goes much further to help more Ontarians living in poverty, including Ontarians with disabilities, reach their full potential.

We’ve already taken concrete steps forward, including passing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act to improve accessibility, improving the Ontario Disability Support Program to remove barriers to employment, introducing new Developmental Services legislation and, just a few weeks ago, exempting Registered Disability Savings Plans as assets for those on social assistance.

We’ll continue to move ahead to improve opportunities for Ontarians with disabilities, and our strategy lays out how we’ll do it.

Our work here is ongoing. But for the first time, we have a good, solid, ambitious plan to break the cycle of poverty in Ontario. And working together with everyone at the table, we’ll make it a reality.

Deb Matthews, Minister of Children and Youth Services

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