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.
Please join us for the following events!
Rally For Decent Work
Oct 1, 2016 at 1 PM – Queen’s Park
Precarious Work and Health Panel
Oct 5, 2016 at 12:20 PM – 209 Victoria St, Room 136
RSVP by emailing Centrelist@smh.ca
Speakers: Deena Ladd, Dan Zuberi, Axelle Janczur
Moderator: Dr. Andrew Pinto
Health care providers can help patients with low income access benefits by encouraging them to file their taxes.
This CBC News editorial by Dr. Gary Bloch and John Silver highlights the significant impact that community tax clinics can have!
The Canadian Revenue Agency website has a list of volunteer tax preparation clinics.
The erosion of social assistance rates, rise in precarious employment, increasing costs of living, colonization, and systemic racism all contribute to poverty in Ontario. This has a significant and detrimental impact on health, particularly in parts of the province where there is inequitable access to health care.
HPAP member and family physician, Katie Dorman, writes about this in her recent editorial in The Toronto Star.
In Canada we believe we have a universal health care system. And yet, there are an estimated 500,000 people who do not have access to healthcare coverage. They are our neighbours, they work in our communities, and our children go to school together.
Pregnant women have foregone prenatal care, children have been turned away from emergency care, and people have been denied life-saving surgery and cancer treatment. For those that do access care, hospital bills can lead to crippling debt. These are the dangerous and devastating consequences of denying people in our communities OHIP.
Health Providers Against Poverty
has endorsed the OHIP For All
Here’s what you can do:
3) Join the Rally for OHIP For All on Tues June 28 at 12PM
4) Spread the word
On June 10, 2016, HPAP members signed an open letter urging the Worker’s Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) to improve access to necessary health care for injured workers.
WSIB Critics Say Spending Cuts Are ‘Devastating’ Injured Workers
The Toronto Star – June 10, 2016
Press Release: Injured Workers Demonstrate in 7 Cities
IAVGO Community Legal Clinic – June 10, 2016