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.”

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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.

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Employment

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.

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