Breaking down the barriers to employment

This morning’s Toronto Star includes a front page story about how Ontario’s employment training programs shut out half of the province’s unemployed. The problem is that strict eligibility criteria mean that Employment Ontario’s job training supports are only available to people who are receiving employment …

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Should social assistance help you to scrape by, or to get a good job?

Social assistance is about more than just providing enough money for people to survive. Social assistance should also work to ensure wider opportunities for people to find employment or pursue further training or education. Investing in individuals – from early childhood through high school, to …

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Wellesley Institute response to the Ontario Social Assistance Review

UPDATE: Read our response here.   In 2010, the provincial government established the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario, led by Commissioners Francis Lankin and Munir A. Sheikh. The Commission’s task was to recommend reforms to social assistance benefit structures, expectations of …

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Important progress toward a health-enabling social assistance system, but more work is required

The release today of the final report of the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario recommends a number of important steps toward improving the health of people on social assistance. Increasing rates Most significantly, the Commission recommended an immediate increase of $100 …

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Social assistance reform is happening: Here’s three things to look out for

Incoming premier Kathleen Wynne announced this week that social assistance reform is one of her key priorities. Wynne has asked the Secretary of the Cabinet – Ontario’s top civil servant – to put together an implementation plan for the recommendations made by the social assistance …

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Should social assistance ensure access to health care services, or keep people from getting sick? Both, actually.

The social assistance system causes poor health. The low levels of income supports combined with inadequate supplementary supports like affordable child care and transportation mean that people on social assistance do not have a fair chance at good health. I’ve blogged about this, and have …

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Building a health-enabling social assistance system: Our latest submission to the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance

Over the last year, the Wellesley Institute has been working with community and health sector partners to provide expert advice on how to build a health-enabling social assistance system to inform the work of the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario. On …

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Reviewing Social Assistance in Ontario

In 2010, the province the established Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario, led by Commissioners Francis Lankin and Munir A. Sheikh. The Commission’s Terms of Reference are to: Establish an appropriate benefit structure that reduces barriers and supports people’s transition into, and …

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‘Wealth equals health’: Canada’s doctors warn of growing health inequalities

Rising inequalities mean that Canada’s much loved national health care system is increasingly failing in its fundamental goal of good health for all, reports the Canadian Medical Association, which has launched a national conference in Whitehorse. “There are real inequalities around the country,” says CMA …

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Review of Social Assistance in Ontario: Health & Health Equity Overview

In 2010, the province of Ontario established the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario, led by Commissioners Francis Lankin and Munir A. Sheikh. The Commission’s Terms of Reference are to: Establish an appropriate benefit structure that reduces barriers and supports people’s transition into, and …

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