The Ontario government released a new report called “Income Security: A Roadmap for Change” in November 2017.
You can access the Roadmap report on the government of Ontario website:
- English: ontario.ca/page/income-security-reform
- Français: ontario.ca/fr/page/reforme-de-la-securite-du-revenu
The Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC) prepared A Backgrounder that gives an overview of the Roadmap report and highlights many key recommendations and that you can access on the ISAC website: http://incomesecurity.org/policy-advocacy/a-roadmap-for-change-tools-you-can-use-to-have-your-voice-heard/.
HALCO made submissions about the Roadmap and you can find our submissions on our website: www.halco.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/HALCO_submissions_Income_Security_Roadmap_2018Jan.pdf.
The Roadmap was written by three working groups that were asked by the Minister of Community and Social Services in 2016 to give advice to the government on how to reform Ontario’s income security system, including social assistance.
The Roadmap is the first report in 30 years that recommends major investments in and improvements to programs that affect the lives of low-income people in Ontario.
It also reflects a fundamentally different approach to supports and services that puts people – and their needs and rights – at the centre of the system.
If you are living with HIV in Ontario and have questions about social assistance or other legal issues, please contact us for free legal advice.
Ontario’s community legal clinics provide free legal services to people across Ontario. You can contact your local community legal clinic to find out about services in your area and you can use the Legal Aid Ontario website to find your local community legal clinic: www.legalaid.on.ca/en/getting/type_civil-clinics.asp.