HPAP Members Call For WSIB Reform

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.

More Information:
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

HPAP Annual General Meeting

Please join us for the Health Providers Against Poverty AGM 2016!

When: Thursday, May 5, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Where: United Steelworker’s Hall, 25 Cecil St, Toronto
Register: Seating is limited, please register HERE.

We are thrilled to have Desmond Cole as our guest speaker. He is a well known activist and freelance journalist in Toronto, as well as a staff writer at Torontoist. His work also appears in the Toronto Star, The Walrus, Toronto Life, VICE, NOW Magazine, and Ethnic Aisle.

We will review the past year:

  • Helping to start the Decent Work and Health Network
  • Collaborating with allies at Workers’ Action Centre and OCAP
  • Contributing to changes in ODSP reviews
  • Fundraising and building our membership

We will also hold elections for the steering committee and discuss plans for an exciting new campaign!

If you have not completed your 2016 membership form, please do so here.

Memberships will also be available at the AGM – suggested donation of $25.

Groups Propose Basic Income For Food Security

Health Providers Against Poverty endorsed a recent Position Statement from the Ontario Society of Nutrition Professionals in Public Health calling for a basic income pilot in Ontario.

The need for urgent action on income inequity and food insecurity was highlighted in this letter to Premier Wynne and the provincial government.

“OSNPPH members apply the cost of the Nutritious Food Basket and average rental housing costs to various family composition and income scenarios in both Northern and non-Northern jurisdictions. Year after year, our analyses clearly indicate that families and individuals who have minimum wage incomes or receive social assistance do not have enough money to cover the basic cost of living”

“As demonstrated in our Position Statement, the primary community response to food insecurity – food charity – is an ineffective and counterproductive response to food insecurity because it does not address the root cause which is poverty. While food charity may help to relieve immediate hunger in those who seek assistance, food insecurity persists. To effectively address food insecurity, income responses are required.”

More information:
Household Food Insecurity in Canada 2013