The Ontario government has embarked on yet another consultation cycle on income security reform, which is delaying real action to reduce poverty.
Social assistance rates in Ontario continue to be inadequate, causing food and housing insecurity, and ultimately leading to poor health.
Research is clear that lower income and food and housing insecurity are associated with earlier mortality.
HPAP has joined several groups in calling for immediate increases to social assistance in Ontario. Please consider signing on.
This statement was also published today in The Toronto Star!
The Decent Work and Health Network emerged out of a coalition between HPAP and the Fight for $15 and Fairness. In the past year, members have worked tirelessly to influence Ontario’s Changing Workplaces Review by calling for paid sick days, the elimination of sick notes, and decent work for all.
Our experiences in health care and a growing body of research have demonstrated that precarious work is detrimental to health. To be healthy, people in Ontario need safe working conditions, decent hours, paid sick days, and a living wage.
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