Ontario Government Helping People Receiving Social Assistance
The Ontario government is increasing support for people receiving social assistance by raising rates.
“We’re proud of our accomplishments to reduce poverty,” said Chris Ballard, MPP for Newmarket-Aurora. “Reforming social assistance is part of our plan to help more people participate in Ontario’s economy and their communities.”
The rate increases announced in the 2014 Budget taking effect include:
- · A $30 increase (almost five per cent) for singles receiving Ontario Works with no children.
- · A one per cent increase for families receiving Ontario Works
- · A one per cent increase for individuals with disabilities who rely on the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)
- · A one per cent increase for various other rates, including Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities.
ODSP clients will see their rate increase reflected in their September cheques which are issued at the end of the month, while Ontario Works clients will see their increases in their October cheques which are issued at the beginning of the month.
The government is also replacing the Northern Allowance for social assistance recipients with a new Remote Communities Allowance. People who receive this allowance will get an additional $50 per month for the first person in their family and $25 for each additional family member over and above the amount currently provided.
Since 2003, rates for social assistance have increased for Ontario Works families and individuals with disabilities by 17.2 percent and 24.4 percent for single Ontario Works recipients who do not have children.