Ontario Budget 2017: ISAC response and analysis

ISAC says Ontario's 2017 Budget does very little to address the deep poverty experienced by people relying on support from Ontario Works (OW) and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).

Posted:
April 28, 2017
Article source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)

OFL Statement on the 2017 Day of Mourning

On April 28, thousands of workers, friends and families of those killed and injured on the job commemorate the labour movement's most solemn occasion, the annual Day of Mourning. 

Posted:
April 28, 2017
Article source:
Ontario Federation of Labour

Social assistance recipients see boost in asset limits in Ontario budget

ISAC's Jennefer Laidley and other anti-poverty activists had called for a significant hike in social assistance rates, but the budget essentially flat-lines payments with a 2 per cent inflationary increase.

Posted:
April 28, 2017
Article source:
Toronto Star

Ontario landlords must pay one month's rent or offer new unit to tenants they evict for own use

If your landlord evicts you so that he or she or a family member can live in the unit and then you see it on Craigslist two months later for higher rent, it's on them to explain to the LTB.

Posted:
April 28, 2017
Article source:
Metro

Ontario Energy Support Program to benefit more consumers, increase credits by 50%

Support for lower-income electricity consumers will increase by 50 per cent and more consumers will be eligible for assistance under changes to the OESP, which take effect May 1, 2017.

Posted:
April 27, 2017
Article source:
Ontario Energy Board

ISAC's Media & Policy News: 27 April 2017

The Income Security Advocacy Centre's bulletin includes news, updates, reports, and events from Ontario, across Canada, and around the world.

Posted:
April 27, 2017
Article source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)

Statscan to phase in changes to crime-reporting protocols in wake of Unfounded investigation

One of every five sexual-assault allegations reported to Canadian law enforcement goes undocumented because officers have dismissed them as unfounded.

Posted:
April 27, 2017
Article source:
The Globe and Mail

Ontario's Basic Income Pilot Project: What will it mean for people on social assistance?

ISAC has put together a backgrounder to give people on social assistance, low-income people, and groups/agencies that work with them information on what the pilot project will mean.

Posted:
April 27, 2017
Article source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)

We Need to Help Family Litigants – Now

The National Self-Represented Litigants Project's Julie MacFarlane writes about the Bonkalo Report and urges readers to sign the petition supporting its recommendations. 

Posted:
April 26, 2017
Article source:
National Self-Represented Litigants Project (NSRLP)

CCR welcomes the elimination of Conditional Permanent Residence

Opposition to the CPR was on the grounds that it placed sponsored newcomers, especially women, at increased risk of abuse.

Posted:
April 25, 2017
Article source:
Canadian Council for Refugees