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Ontario's Social Assistance Poverty Gap

Submitted by Tamarack on June 7, 2016 - 12:35pm
By Kaylie Tiessen

Kaylie Tiessen and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives have published a report on Ontario's Social Assistance Poverty Gap


Just over seven years after the Government of Ontario launched a major poverty reduction strategy, it has broadened the scope to include not just families with children but, also, adults and people experiencing homelessness. This paper drills down on one key but complex policy file that is essential to the province meeting its commitments to reduce poverty and to improve income security for both children and adults: social assistance.

It measures the poverty gap for singles and families who qualify for either Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program. It concludes that the poverty gap—the distance between total benefit income and the poverty line—for people who qualify for social assistance has worsened over time, especially so for single people receiving Ontario.

Read the report