Inclusive and Just Society

Raise Ontario Works Rates to Encourage Living With Dignity

On the path to a Universal Basic Income in Ontario (which is still many years away), it's important to raise up those experiencing poverty by increasing the Ontario Works amounts to a reasonable threshold. Currently only $721 is given monthly ($337 basic needs + $384 shelter) to a single individual, for example, which in most cities and towns is woefully inadequate to survive. Linking OW rates to a reasonable percentage (75% or more) of a standardised low income benchmark (such as the Low Income Measure or Low Income Cut-off) would demonstrate a compassionate and caring policy that the majority of Ontario residents would surely support. Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) rates should proportionately increase as well.

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