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Progress Report on the Fourth Anniversary of Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy

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Progress Report on the Fourth Anniversary of Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy
December 4, 2012

The 25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction today issued its fourth annual progress report on poverty reduction.

Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy was launched just as the global economic recession hit. Good public policy makes a difference. For the children and their families who were targeted by Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy, poverty rates declined. There were 29,000 fewer children living in families with low income in 2010 compared with 2008.

This early progress is threatened by recent emphasis on austerity. The minimum wage has been frozen since 2010. The social assistance system, with its dangerously low rates, needs to be transformed. The cancellation of the Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit announced in Budget 2012 is due to come into effect in January 2013, leaving more Ontarians at risk of being homeless.

Will we pull together so that all Ontarians may live in health and dignity?

Read the full report: Meeting the Poverty Reduction Target: Strong Leadership and Good Policy Required

Monsebraaten, L. Ontario Risks Missing Anti-Poverty Pledge. Toronto Star, December 4, 2012

Additional RNAO Resources:

RNAO letter to the Commission for Review of Social Assistance

RNAO backgrounder: Ontario’s Most Vulnerable Need Income Security for Health and Human Dignity

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