Think OW and ODSP rates are too low?

Posted
December 13, 2011

The ODSP Action Coalition and Put Food in the Budget are launching a Holiday Card Campaign to pressure the government for an immediate $100 increase to OW and ODSP rates in the next provincial budget as a downpayment on social assistance rates that reflect the real cost of living.

From an Income Security Advocacy Centre message:

Outraged by the pathetic 1% increase to OW and ODSP rates? The ODSP Action Coalition and Put Food in the Budget are launching a Holiday Card Campaign to pressure the government for an immediate $100 increase to OW and ODSP rates in the next provincial budget as a downpayment on social assistance rates that reflect the real cost of living.

The holiday card, which we hope to get out to you by Friday, can be emailed or mailed into Premier Dalton McGuinty until January 6th and will ask him to write back about why his government only increased social assistance rates by 1% when food costs alone increased by almost 5%. The holiday card will be the first of two or three cards that the ODSP Action Coalition and Put Food in the Budget plan to create to continue putting pressure on the government to increase the rates leading up to the provincial budget in the spring and the final report of the Social Assistance Review Commission in June.

The Campaign is being kicked off in Toronto with a free holiday lunch and the signing of a giant version of the card on Monday, Dec. 19th, from 12:30 – 3 pm at the Stop Community Food Centre. Full details are available in the attached flyer.

Put Food in the Budget and the ODSP Action Coaliton would really like to get lots of folks in Toronto out for the launch. Please RSVP to Mark at mark@thestop.org. Hope to see you there on Monday!

For those of you outside Toronto, watch for an electronic version of the card that can be photocopied/printed and emailed to the Premier. There will also be suggestions for events you can organize to get cards signed and a social assistance rates backgrounder that can be given out, along with the card.


Event Information:

Date December 19
Time 12:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Where Stop Community Food Centre

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