Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action

Minister Matthews: We can reduce poverty through public investments

Ontario's first Poverty Reduction Strategy made a good start but the 1.57 million Ontarians still living in poverty today need urgent action to improve their lives. Minister Deb Matthews has been given the responsibility to eliminate the provincial deficit by 2017-18. She is also responsible for leading Ontario's second Poverty Reduction Strategy to protect the most vulnerable people in our province.

As the government moves towards releasing its 2015 budget, it is imperative that substantive measures to address poverty take precedence over an artificial deadline to balance the budget. Choosing public investments over austerity will improve health and decrease health inequities. That's why RNAO urges our 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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