The majority of Ontario children receiving social assistance benefits (67%) are in lone-mother led families
The provincial child poverty rate is 12.6%, or 345,000 children (using 2005 Statistics Canada data on tax income)
That is, one of every eight children in Ontario is living in poverty
The rate declined slightly from 2004 to 2005, but has been on an upward trend since 2001
Ontario’s child poverty rate is the fourth highest in Canada – 44% of all low-income children in Canada live in Ontario
Poverty rates for children in Aboriginal, racialized, new immigrant and lone mother-led families are at least double the provincial rate
In 2007, a single mother with one young child on social assistance had a family income that was at least $5,357 below the poverty line
Full-time, full-year work at Ontario’s new minimum wage of $10.25 an hour generates earnings that are approximately $3,000 below the poverty line
70% of all low-income children in Ontario live in families where at least one parent is working part-time or full-time, yet the families are unable to earn enough to lift family income above the poverty line
Parents who are unable to be in the workforce and rely on social assistance struggle on welfare benefits that are as low now as they were in 1967
Average CEO salary has grown from 25 times the average Canadian income in 1980 to 250 times the average income in 2011
In 2009, Ontario spent $64 per person on affordable housing compared to the average among all provinces of $115 per person
Other coordinated actions in cities across Ontario: Melt the freeze actions are happening in at least 10 cities across Ontario this week, including Ottawa, Hamilton, York Region, Kingston, Belleville, Welland, Kitchener-Waterloo and Suddbury!
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Ontario’s minimum wage has been frozen for three years, while the cost of living continues to rise:
This video presents “John Clarke of OCAP Speech in Sudbury.mov”:
The Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) in Canada is calling for a week of action from December 7 – December 14, 2012 to put pressure on Liberal MPPs throughout the Province to reverse the decision to eliminate the Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit (CSUMB)
Published on Nov 22, 2012
A discussion on the implications of the cut to the Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit along with further plans by the coalition against poverty to fight the cut
“In its 2012 budget, the Ontario government announced that it was eliminating the Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit (CSUMB) as of January 1, 2013
As of January 1, 2013, the CSUMB will end and 50 percent of its funding ($67 million in 2013-20142) will be passed to municipalities as part of the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI), the first phase of a multi-year consolidation of housing programs
Municipalities will determine how their provincial funds will be spent, but will not be required to produce housing and homelessness plans until 2014, a full year after taking responsibility for CHPI that was created in July 2012 by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing under the province’s Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy
The Ministry will eventually consolidate twenty housing and homelessness programs currently administered in different ministries
Supports provided with CHPI funding will be available to all low income Ontarians, including but not limited to those on social assistance3
It is not yet known how municipalities will decide to run their local housing and homelessness programs
As part of the Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy, municipalities must produce local housing and homelessness plans in order to address housing needs in their communities, but these plans are not required until 2014
The province has not set any requirement for municipalities to deliver programs that cover the expenses that were eligible for the CSUMB, nor have they made public the terms under which municipalities will deliver consolidated homelessness prevention programs
From Cornwall to Windsor, from Sudbury to Fort Erie
“LET’S VOTE FOR A POVERTY FREE ONTARIO”
Election-style signs are going up in communities across Ontario this morning, as a coalition of faith groups and community-based organizations call for making poverty eradication a priority concern in the provincial election campaign.
The Social Planning Network of Ontario (SPNO) and the Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition (ISARC) are co-sponsoring Poverty Free Ontario (PFO) as a non-partisan initiative to urge all political parties and electoral candidates to make a commitment for ending poverty in Ontario in this decade. The press conference in Toronto with various religious leaders will ask the provincial political party leaders to commit to a debate on poverty.
Media conferences being held simultaneously in up to 16 communities on Thursday morning, September 15 will be followed by a “sign blitz” as teams of local supporters place “Let’s Vote for a Poverty Free Ontario” signs on the grounds of participating organizations and individuals throughout their communities. A list of participating communities and contacts is attached to this release.