Welfare rates were to have increased 3% this year, but will instead only rise 1.5%.
A review of social assistance will be undertaken to find $1 billion in savings out of the $9.2 billion system.
There are also changes to the definition of “disability” that some health care providers and nonprofits believe will adversely affect disabled people.
If you are concentred about these issues, a coalition of nonprofits have created a site to provide information and support action on the issue. It can be found at https://defenddisability.ca/
The government created the LIFT tax credit to offset the impact of these changes, but there are concerns it may not be as effective as originally suggested. There are some great new resources from the Income Security Advocacy Centre on the real net effect of these changes on low income families, available at these links:
- Initial analysis of the social assistance announcement
- OW earned income exemptions: Impact of proposed changes
- What plans to change the ODSP definition would mean to people with disabilities in Ontario
- Webinar on Changes to social assistance: What Was Announced, What It Means, and What’s Next
Click here if your community wants to be informed or engaged on education issues.
For more information on this issue, click the links below
- (1) https://www.thewhig.com/news/provincial/new-lift-tax-credit-kicks-in-jan-1/wcm/6b2bcaa8-5eb5-407b-8bc9-aaba3422e7ca