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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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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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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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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How the Social Assistance System Causes Poor Health

Income and health are inextricably linked. It is well documented that people with low income more likely to have poor health, whether measured by self-reported health, mental health, prevalence of chronic conditions, or many other indicators. In Ontario: Over three times as many people in …

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Wilkinson says that equality is still better for everyone, and it’s time to act

Many of us today at the Wellesley Institute were fortunate to catch Richard Wilkinson’s lecture, courtesy of MASS LBP and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. It reminded us of several things, including why the project of solving income …

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When do we talk about health? Ontario’s option paper needs to build a stronger vision of a health-enabling social assistance system

Today the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario released its much anticipated options paper. The paper sets out some interesting ideas and poses some challenging questions that will help to shape the debate around social assistance in the coming months. In our …

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