News from Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)

The Income Security Advocacy Centre works with clinics and anti-poverty groups using litigation, policy development, advocacy, and organizing to address income security programs and root causes of poverty (does not give individual service).

Main website: http://incomesecurity.org/
Social Assistance Review website: http://incomesecurity.org/

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A year of Bill 148: Not what the big business lobby predicted

After 12 months of Bill 148, what happened to Ontario's job market?

Posted:
January 15, 2019

Supreme Court strikes down 'cruel and unusual' mandatory victim surcharge

In a landmark group of cases, the Supreme Court today struck down the mandatory victim surcharge, finding that it was cruel and unusual in its effects on people living in poverty.

Posted:
December 14, 2018

What Changing the ODSP Definition of Disability Would Mean / Que signifierait changer la définition d'invalidité du POSPH?

This is the third in a series of analyses by ISAC about the provincial government's November 22 announcement regarding social assistance reform.

Posted:
December 13, 2018

Working while on OW: What Minister MacLeod's changes to income exemptions would mean

This is the first in a series of information bulletins that ISAC will be circulating about the impact of Minister MacLeod's proposed changes to social assistance.

Posted:
December 04, 2018

December 6: Register for upcoming webinar: Social Assistance in Ontario: What's happened and what's next?

When: December 6, 2018 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time
Registration Link: https://cc.readytalk.com/registration/#/?meeting=vjkazm7ltp9r&campaign=a5ymhg95rabg

December 6, 2018 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time - On November 22, 2018, the Ontario government announced a number of changes to Ontario Works (OW) and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP). In this webinar, presenters from the Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC) review the proposed changes to the social assistance system, what they will mean for low-income people in Ontario, and next steps that people in community can take. 

Posted:
November 30, 2018

Many questions, few answers, and great risk for people with disabilities

If the provincial government changes the definition of disability for ODSP to align with federal guidelines, many people who are currently eligible for ODSP will be excluded. 

Posted:
November 23, 2018

More than 1,100 individual Ontarians and nearly 100 organizations call on Minister MacLeod to use Five Principles as basis for changes to social assistance

The Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC) has released an Open Letter that was sent to Children, Community and Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod today.

Posted:
October 29, 2018

No Child Should Live in Poverty: New report calls for end to discrimination in the Canada Child Benefit

A new report details how some low-income families are excluded from a government program that would help them afford school supplies, as well as rent and food for their children.

Posted:
September 07, 2018

Helping people with mental health disabilities access ODSP: An expert report on the complexity of mental health treatment in Ontario

A new report by medical experts from the University of Toronto's Collaborative Mental Health Care Working Group will help applicants establish their eligibility for ODSP benefits.

Posted:
August 31, 2018

Ontario jobs numbers contradict fears about raising the minimum wage

Ontarians were warned that passage of Bill 148 would cause massive job losses and hurt Ontario's economy, but the numbers show those predictions have failed to materialize.

Posted:
August 29, 2018

Ontario's Social Assistance System: 100 days to fix it or to break it?

Ontario's social assistance system was starting to shift to a more supportive, rational model. But a recent announcement by the new Ontario governhment has put that progress in doubt.

Posted:
August 17, 2018

Ontario's cuts to social assistance will hurt the most vulnerable in Ontario

The announcement to cut social assistance rates by 1.5 per cent will take approximately $150 million out of the hands of people who are among the most vulnerable in Ontario.

Posted:
August 01, 2018

Future of OW/ODSP Changes Uncertain: Take Action!

The new provincial government could decide they don't want to continue with these changes. ISAC has information and an Action Kit to use to show support for these changes.

Posted:
July 23, 2018

ISAC's Media & Policy News: 6 July 2018

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

Posted:
July 06, 2018

ISAC's Media & Policy News: 29 June 2018

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

Posted:
June 29, 2018

ISAC's Media & Policy News: 22 June 2018

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

Posted:
June 22, 2018

ISAC's Media & Policy News: 15 June 2018

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

Posted:
June 15, 2018

ISAC's Media & Policy News: 6 June 2018 Ontario Election 2018: Election Day is Tomorrow!

The Income Security Advocacy Centre has lots of news and information about the election.

Posted:
June 06, 2018