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Open Policy Ontario is the social policy consultancy of John Stapleton.

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The 'App Gap': Why it’s so difficult for low income people to apply for benefits for which they are eligible

A list of the many things that can keep low-income people from applying for benefits.

July 11, 2018

May and June 2017: Retiring on a low income: Plain language advice

These are free workshops at Toronto Public Library branches.

May 09, 2017

February 27: Report Launch: The Hazards Facing Low-Income People when Navigating the Financial World

When: Friday, February 27, 2015, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Where: West Neighbourhood House, Community Room, 248 Ossington Ave., Toronto

RSVP: Naomi, 416-516-1422 ext. 250, or

This report looks at how low-income people deal with banks, filing tax returns, credit cards, debt, and more.

February 12, 2015

An unsustainable program – A guest blog from Pat Capponi

Here's a blog post from lived experience that explains why expecting people to get off ODSP easily is misguided, and what can be done to help people more effectively.

January 28, 2013

Retiring on a low income

This new page of the Open Policy website contains a series on retirement income for Canadians with low incomes. Some examples relate to Ontario only.

September 14, 2012