The following video portrays these concerns:
- currently a single person on social assistance in Ontario, Canada, gets $585 per month to cover housing, food, transport, and everything else
- this amount is not enough to cover a healthy food supply and
- forces those in need to find a different food bank source 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. http://putfoodinthebudget.ca/
Put Food in the Budget and the ODSP Action Coalition invite you to a holiday lunch and to sign a special Holiday Card to Dalton McGuinty calling for an immediate $100 increase to OW (Ontario Works) and ODSP (Ontario Disability Support Program) as a down payment on social assistance rates that reflect the real cost of living.
FREE Holiday Lunch
December 19, 2011
12:30 pm – 3:00 pm
The Stop Community Food Centre
1884 DAVENPORT RD, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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The Special Holiday Card to Dalton McGuinty reads as follows:
Your government’s 1% increase for people on social assistance provides an additional:
- 23 cents a day for a single person on Ontario Works, who will now receive $599 per month
- 36 cents a day for a single person assisted by the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), who will now receive $1,064 per month
- 46 cents a day for a single mother with two children receiving ODSP, who will now receive $1,742 per month
Please write to me and answer two questions:
- Since grocery store prices have increased 5% in the last year,* why did you raise social assistance rates by only 1%?
- What extra food could you afford with an additional 23 cents a day?
*Source: Statistics Canada, October 2011
Premier Dalton McGuinty
Ontario Legislature (Queen’s Park)
The Put Food in the Budget campaign demands an immediate $100 increase to Ontario Works and ODSP rates as a first step towards social assistance that matches the real cost of living and is indexed to keep up with inflation.“
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