Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action

Minister Matthews: Let's Invest in a Healthier Ontario by Addressing Poverty

Thanks to our members and friends who responded to our action alert in January asking the provincial government to choose public investments over an artificial deadline to balance the budget. As the 2015 Ontario budget draws near, let's continue to raise our voices with those of other civil society groups and community members to urge action to improve the lives of the 1.57 million Ontarians still living in poverty.

You can read the response of Minister Matthews to RNAO's letter below. On February 9, 2015 Minister Matthews launched the Program Review, Renewal and Transformation (PRRT) as a line-by-line review of all government programs and services to ensure value for money. Ontario already has the lowest per capita program spending in Canada. While RNAO continues to support transparency and accountability in government spending, we also want to ensure that the most vulnerable Ontarians are protected as cost-savings are sought.

Choosing public investments over austerity will improve health and decrease health inequities. That's why RNAO wants the government to increase fiscal capacity so it can pay for public investments that will decrease poverty and generate jobs. That includes investing more in affordable housing, repairing the social housing stock, increasing social assistance rates to reflect the actual cost of living and increasing the minimum wage to $14/hr.

What Can YOU Do?

Sign the action alert below addressed to

  • Deb Matthews, Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy and President of the Treasury Board;
  • Premier Kathleen Wynne;
  • Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care;
  • Jim Wilson, Interim Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario;
  • Jim McDonnell, PC Critic – Poverty Reduction Strategy;
  • Christine Elliott, PC Critic – Health and Long-Term Care;
  • Andrea Horwath, Leader of the New Democratic Party of Ontario;
  • France Gélinas, NDP Critic – Health and Long-Term Care and Catherine Fife, NDP Critic – Treasury Board

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