Urgent Action Needed!
ISARC has launched a time-sensitive campaign involving the sending of two letters – one in support of the document Income Security: A Roadmap for Change and fairness in the Ontario government’s social assistance review, and one opposing bill 47.
Please stand with ISARC on these issues by following the instructions below for signing and sending both letters to the Hon. Lisa MacLeod and your respective MPP. We want as many people as possible to sign, and we kindly ask that you forward this information (with file links) to your networks:
Instructions for Bill 47 Letter
-Open and type the name of your MPP, your riding (MPP ridings and emails listed here), and add your name
-Save file as a .pdf, .doc, or .docx with the name “Bill 47”
-Attach file to an email addressed to your MPP, and bcc to email@example.com
Instructions for Social Assistance 100-day Review Letter
-Open and type your name
-Save file as a .pdf, .doc, or .docx with the name “Social Assistance 100-day Review”
-Attach file to an email addressed to your MPP (ridings and emails listed here) and to the Honourable Lisa MacLeod at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bcc to email@example.com
Link to Social Assistance 100-day Review Letter
Thank you for supporting ISARC and our mandate to achieve social assistance reform
ISARC Urges Ontario Government to Reverse Cuts to Social Assistance
ISARC, the Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition, is calling on the Ontario provincial government to reconsider and reverse its cuts to social assistance.
We are adding our voice to the growing momentum to urge the provincial government to reverse its decision to cut social assistance by 1.5%. The $150 million dollar savings is money that was directed to the most vulnerable in our province to provide basic necessities for themselves and their families. It will further destitute those already struggling to survive on incomes well below the poverty line.
Other planned regulation changes which are now being cut were designed to create more fairness in the system, more income for those with part-time employment, and better supports for those with special needs. These cuts will hurt the most vulnerable families and individuals in Ontario.
“We are also dismayed by the decision to summarily end the basic income pilot program,” Susan Eagle said. “The human toll brought about by the sudden and harsh termination of the pilot program devastates families and individuals who signed on to the program in good faith, voluntarily leaving OW and ODSP to participate.”
Click on the link below for the full statement.
Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition (ISARC)
ISARC is a provincial network of faith groups working together for greater social justice over the past 30 years.
Our coalition is sustained by the commitment of faith groups working for new public policies that ensure justice and dignity for Ontarians marginalized by poverty.
Our advocacy efforts are focused on two working groups:
Housing and Basic Income
The Housing and Basic Income Committee works to bring about effective provincial policies that positively affect the most vulnerable in our society especially with regard to an affordable place to live and a level of social assistance to cover basic bills.Read More
The Employment Policy Working Group develops policy positions on workplace justice issues that impact members of our faith communities as well as society at large.Read More
Learn more about the Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition (ISARC)
2017 Annual Report
Read the ISARC 2017 Annual Report.Read more
Individuals participating in Ontario basic income pilot project share their experience
Ontario basic income pilot project under close watch as people receive new supports. Read the Toronto Star article.Read more
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