HPAP Response to Ford Government Income Security Reform Plan – Nov 22, 2018

Today the Ford Government released information regarding their plans for reform of Ontario’s Income Security System. We have crafted a response outlining our concerns with their proposal and our key asks going forward to create a compassionate and equitable social assistance system in Ontario. See below for the document:

Income Security Reform – HPAP Response Nov 22, 2018

Please distribute widely amongst your networks and show your support on social media by sharing!

Thank you for your support!

Income Security Rollbacks – Open Letter Release and Press Conference

Hello All,

As many of you know, we held a press conference on October 24th at Queens Park to unveil our open letter against the rollbacks of income security and the cancellation of the basic income pilot. Our open letter has signatures from over 800 healthcare providers and over 30 health-focused organizations in Ontario. Our goal was to raise awareness of this issue ahead of the end of the Ford Government’s 100 day review of social assistance policy on Nov 7th. Read more

Overdose Prevention Sites: Open Letter Release and Rally Today

Today healthcare providers and allies will be delivering an open letter and holding a rally to condemn the Ford government’s decision to prevent the opening of three approved overdose prevention sites and preventing the approval of new ones.

The letter has been signed so far by 800+ health care providers including harm reduction workers, nurses, physicians, social workers, pharmacists, occupational therapists, and more.

The rally today is at 12:30pm outside the Globe and Mail Centre, 351 King Street East, where an invite-only “Opioid Symposium” is being convened. All are welcome to attend!

See below for the open letter and press release:

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Doug Ford’s social assistance cuts put Ontario’s health at risk

Hello HPAP Members!

As you may know, last week Doug Ford’s PC government announced that the previously planned social assistance rate increase will be cut from 3% to 1.5%. At the same time they announced the immediate discontinuation of the minimum basic income pilot study in Ontario.

Our HPAP Op-Ed in the Toronto Star by Drs. Alissa Tedesco, Jon Herriot, and Katie Boone explains why this is a serious move in the wrong direction. Please read and share amongst your networks and on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms!


Grant Faulkner Inquest

The coroner’s inquest into the death of Grant Faulkner has started today. Health Providers Against Poverty joins Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) and many other organizations in calling for an end to homeless deaths now! Now more than ever we have to stand up and fight against the austerity conditions that drive people to homelessness and too often death.

If you weren’t able to make it to the event today, please join us tomorrow (Tuesday, June 12th at 12:00pm), at the Toronto Homeless Memorial to remember those who have died as a result of homelessness in Toronto. Location: outside the south door of Church of the Holy Trinity, 10 Trinity Square (behind the Eaton Centre)



Poverty & Health Report Card: An Analysis of Ontario’s 2018 Party Platforms for Reducing Social & Health Inequities

Hello All!

We are very proud to announce the release of our 2018 Ontario Election Report Card! Expect to hear lots about this on social media in the coming days. We hope that this will help inform your election decision-making. Please feel free to share on social media and amongst your networks!

Here are our final grades for the parties:

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For more details on the grade breakdown and a detailed comparison of party platforms you can find the full report here: Poverty & Health Report Card: An Analysis of Ontario’s 2018 Party Platforms for Reducing Social & Health Inequities.