Welfare Report Released
A report looking at revamping the Welfare system in Ontario has been released.
The Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario released a report containing 108 recommendations after starting the review back in 2010.
One of the key features was a suggestion to replace the Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program, with one single program.
And the report suggests that welfare payments for single adults rise by 100 dollars immediately.
The paper is also recommending a standard rate welfare payment for adults living alone and those living with others.
That would give recipients more of an incentive to work, and would also reflect the differences in the cost of living across the province.
In a statement released "Social assistance as it is now sidelines people with disabilities and condemns too many people to a life of poverty and isolation," said Commissioner Frances Lankin.
"We heard from recipients across the province that they want to work, and are able to work, but they need the right support to reach their goals."
"People receiving the lowest rate simply do not have enough to survive," said Lankin. "Ontario Works recipients without children are living in undeniable poverty, and we urge the government to take immediate steps to improve their situation."