Minister Lisa MacLeod Says Eradication of Poverty a Priority

The Minister of Children, Community and Social Services marked the United Nations’ International Day for the Eradication of Poverty in the Legislature earlier this week, and she took the opportunity to reaffirm her commitment to “restoring people’s dignity, lifting people out of a cycle of poverty, and helping them move back up the ladder towards self-reliance.”

“We know that some Ontarians face added challenges that put them at greater risk of poverty,” said Minister Lisa MacLeod.

“Many of these people rely on my ministry’s services: single moms, children and adults with developmental disabilities and other disabilities, women fleeing domestic violence and trafficking, children in need of protection, newcomers, and people struggling to get back into the labour force. We truly are, in the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, the heart of the people’s government. These Ontarians, in vulnerable circumstances, are top of mind to me.”

According to Minister MacLeod, nearly 2 million people in the province are impoverished, or 1 in 7 Ontarians. She also stated the government was preparing to develop a more robust social assistance plan for Ontarians, and she plans to engage the private, philanthropic, and not-for-profit sectors to solve the issue of poverty.

On July 31st, the Minister announced that planned increases to monthly Ontario Disability Support Program and Ontario Works income supports would be reduced from 3 to 1.5%, along with the cancellation of the Basic Income Pilot Project. She also stated her government had set a 100 day deadline to develop the new social assistance program, which is November 8th.

Click here to read Minister MacLeod’s remarks in their entirety.

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