Starter Company Program: Youths Get Up to $5000 to Start & Expand a Business in Ontario, Canada

This video presents “Find Government Grants & Financing.”

  • Find out how to use a simple, online search tool to find government grants for your business start up or expansion.
  • The Canada Business Network can help you learn more about financing options.

Find government grants for your business start up or expansion in Canada. Image extracted from video above. / Trouvez des subventions et du financement du gouvernement. Cette image a été extrait à partir de la vidéo ci-dessus.
Find government grants for your business start up or expansion in Canada. Image extracted from video above. / Trouvez des subventions et du financement du gouvernement. Cette image a été extrait à partir de la vidéo ci-dessus.

This is an update to the previous blog, Ontario’s Youth Jobs Strategy: Four Programs Help Canadians Aged 15-29 Get Training & Experience.

“Start a company: young adults

If you are between 18-29 years old, you can get up to $5,000 and professional mentoring to start and expand a business in Ontario.

Starter Company is a Government of Ontario program offered in Toronto by Enterprise Toronto.”

The Starter Company program is part of the Government Ontario’s Youth Jobs Strategy announced in the 2013 Ontario Provincial budget of Canada.

  • Administered by Enterprise Toronto in Toronto, the program will provide successful applicants 18 to 29 years of age with a grant of up to $5,000 to start, grow or buy a small business.
  • The grant also provides a tailored training program for successful applicants with one-on-one mentoring with an Enterprise Toronto advisor and successful local entrepreneurs.

You can apply if you’re:

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Put Food in the Budget Urges Candidates to Raise Social Assistance Rates: June 12 Ontario Election

 From “10 Things You Might Not Know About Poverty In Canada,” George Stroumboulopoulos shared with us the following insights regarding poverty in Canada:

  • It’s hard to measure.
  • It varies widely between different groups.
  • Child poverty is high in Canada.
  • It’s a significant burden on the economy.
  • Many Canadians spend too much on shelter.
  • Poverty can shorten your life.
  • Many don’t have enough to eat.
  • Homelessness is widespread.
  • Debt levels are on the rise.
  • Early investment can yield big dividends.

Therefore, poverty is a very important issue for all Canadians.

Put Food in the Budget is urging Canadians in Ontario, Canada, to help get poor people’s issues on the agenda in this election and beyond.

Illustration by Tony Biddle:  www.PerfectWorldDesign.ca
Illustration by Tony Biddle: www.PerfectWorldDesign.ca

While politicians run for re-election, people are still walking to food banks …

“Leaders of Ontario’s major political parties are not talking about poverty during the election campaign, nor are they discussing meaningful increases to social assistance rates. What are they talking about?

  • Premier Kathleen Wynne’s proposed budget included just $30 a month more for people receiving Ontario Works benefits. That would raise the rate to $650 a month, still completely inadequate.
  • Tim Hudak has proposed a lifetime limit on Ontario Works payments a person could receive.
  • Andrea Horwath has made no comment on poverty or social assistance.

Our campaign to increase social assistance rates to levels that enable lives of health and dignity will therefore have to continue after the provincial election. We will need to continue working together to pressure whoever wins on June 12 to put food in the budget.

We’ve designed a poster for this election that you can download here. It illustrates how the leaders are focused on their own self-interest, ignoring Ontario residents who are poor and – among other indignities – must go to food banks.

We suggest printing the poster and doing the following:

  1. Put the poster up in public in your community.
  2. Plaster the poster to the windows and doors of local candidates’ campaign offices.
  3. Print information about poverty and food banks in your community on the poster’s reverse side, and hand it out at all-candidates meetings.

At community all-candidates meetings, ask the candidates from all parties “How much money per month do you think a single person on social assistance needs to live a life of health and dignity – and what is your party’s position on raising social assistance to that level?”

Put Food in the Budget

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Ontario Campaign 2000’s Report Card on Child and Family Poverty: Your Input is Needed by Nov.12, 2013

In the following letter, Anita Khanna – Coordinator, Social Reform/Ontario Campaign 2000 – is asking Canadians living in low income or working with families in low income to send input as quotes or statements to anitakh@familyservicetoronto.org by November 12, 2013.

  • The quotes or statements will be included in Ontario Campaign 2000’s 2013 report card on child and family poverty, which will be will be released on November 26, 2013.
    • Campaign 2000 is a national, non-partisan network of 120 national, provincial and community partner organizations committed to working together to end child and family poverty in Canada.
    • Ontario Campaign 2000 is a provincial partner with 67 member organizations across the province.
    • Ontario Campaign 2000 Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) Submission, October 4, 2013 (pdf), gave the following statements to the government of Ontario:
      • “Today, nearly 1 in 7 children in Ontario continue to live in poverty with their families.
      • The next PRS should continue efforts towards reducing poverty among children and families and expand its framework to reduce overall poverty in the province – including among children and families – by 50% before the end of 2018.
      • Ontario should eradicate deep poverty in the province by 2018 and implement targeted programs to address the disturbing trend of women, Indigenous and racialized people, people with disabilities and newcomers being more vulnerable to poverty than others in the province.”

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2013 Ontario Budget: Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition’s Response

isarc's image: The Ontario Government's 2013 Budget
isarc’s image: The Ontario Government’s 2013 Budget

On May 2, 2013 the Ontario government of Canada released the proposed 2013 budget to be debated at Queen’s Park over the next couple of weeks.

The provincial government has reported that the Ontario Child Benefit provides financial support that has helped lift 40,000 children out of poverty.

According to the Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition (ISARC):

  • 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

Premier Kathleen Wynne highlighted the 2013 Budget’s proposed increases to the Ontario Child Benefit, which helps about one million low- to moderate-income children across the province in the following manner:

  • The Ontario government is proposing to increase the Ontario Child Benefit’s annual maximum payment by up to $210 over the next two years
    • This would raise the maximum payment from $1,100 to $1,310 per year for each child, helping parents with their family expenses

    • The Ontario Child Benefit helps low-income parents provide for their children, whether they are working or not

  • In order for parents to receive this year’s proposed increase of $110 this July, the Budget 2013 bill would have to be passed and proclaimed before July 1, 2013
    • The benefit would also increase by another $100 per year as of July 1, 2014

  • Parents don’t need to apply for the Ontario Child Benefit
    • To be eligible they must file their income taxes, register for the Canada Child Tax Benefit, have a child under age 18, and live in Ontario

The Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition (ISARC)‘s response to Ontario government’s 2013 budget is given in the following press release:

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Please Urge Premier Wynne to Increase Ontario Works’ Base Rate by $100 a Month & Not Cut the Special Diet Allowance

This video presents “Put Food in the Budget”:

  • “Do the Math is part of the Put Food in the Budget campaign in OntarioOK
  • Currently a single person on social assistance gets $585 per month to cover housing, food, transport, and everything else”
  • As I found out taking the Do the Math challenge, this amount is not enough for to cover a healthy food supply and forces those in need to find a different food bank sources for day to day
  • “Do the Math yourself and advocate to Put Food In the Budget with an extra $100 increase in social assistance to support healthy food choices”

In the following letter,  Put Food in the Budget urges us to:

  • Please call Premier Kathleen Wynne at 416-325-1941 and tell her to immediately increase the base rate of Ontario Works by $100 a month – and to not cut the special diet allowance
  • As well, please contact MPPs in your local ridings to encourage them to support the $100 base rate increase

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Ontario Communities’ Strategy Session: Stop the Cuts to Community Start-Up Benefits Dec.14, 2012

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

According to the November 2012 report “The Real Cost of Cutting the Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit: A Health Equity Impact Assessment,”

  • “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

Ontario’s Updated 2012 Budget: Proposed Changes Lead to a Faster Deficit Reduction by 2017-18

UPDATED 2011-12 INTERIM RESULTS: The interim results for 2011­-12 published in the 2012 Budget were based on information available as of early March 2012. Since that time, additional information has become available that projects a further improvement in the Province's expected 2011-12 fiscal results. The government now projects a deficit of $15.0 billion in 2011-12, an improvement of $0.3 billion compared to the 2012 Budget projection and $1.3 billion lower than the 2011 Budget forecast.

This is an update to my previous blogs:

The recently updated 2012 Budget outlined the government’s plan to eliminate the deficit, and balance the budget by 2017-18 as follows:

  • Additional revenue from:
    • A temporary new Deficit-Fighting High-Income Tax Bracket for individuals earning more than $500,000 annually:
      • income tax rate on taxable incomes over $500,000 will increase by two percentage points (i.e. two per cent point surtax), from 11.16 per cent to 13.16 per cent
      • this change would generate additional revenue of:
        • $280 million in 2012­-13
        • $470 million in 2013-14
        • and $495 million in 2014­-15.
    • All of the additional revenue raised by this proposed measure would be used to reduce the Provincial deficit and accelerate Ontario’s plan to eliminate the deficit by 2017-18.
    • The new tax bracket would be eliminated once the budget is balanced by 2017-18.
  • and by not increasing overall spending
    • the Province’s deficits are now projected to be lower than the 2012 Budget each year between 2011-12 and 2016-17.

McGuinty Government aims to accelerate Ontario’s fiscal plan to balance the 2012 Budget in order to eliminate the deficit even faster by 2017-18 via the proposed measures above as well as redirect proposed new savings (from other  measures) to support important social priorities with no net new provincial spending, which include:

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