Health Care Providers Against Poverty (HPAP) member Katie Boone analyzed the recently proposed 2018 Ontario budget from an income security perspective. See ourfull report here:
Key Points from Our Analysis:
- Overall, this year’s budget is highly progressive with pivotal funding in support of a broad range of social services but there are still large deficiencies unaccounted for.
- The budget signals change that will reform the punitive nature and support fairness in the income security system as suggested by the ISWG
- It does not offer adequate funding to improve the system’s main deficiency, the inadequate income that keeps recipients in poverty. The proposed increases in OW and ODSP rates of only 3% per year for the next 3 years are insufficient, far less than what was recommended by the ISWG.
- The investment in areas of health care including child care, mental health, and addictions are laudable and will certainly have positive downstream effects for persons accessing social assistance.