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Ontario Budget 2012: Have Your Say

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    From: Income Security Advocacy Centre Subject: Budget 2012: Tell Them What You Think Date: Wed 03/28/12 11:03 PM Income Security
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      From: Income Security Advocacy Centre <isac@...>

      Subject: Budget 2012: Tell Them What You Think

      Date: Wed 03/28/12 11:03 PM

      Income Security Advocacy Centre

      Ontario Budget 2012: Have Your Say

      The 2012 Ontario Budget is deeply disappointing for the nearly 900,000
      men, women, and children in Ontario who currently rely on Ontario Works
      and the Ontario Disability Support Program for income and other
      necessary benefits.

      The Budget includes a freeze on social assistance rates and a delay in
      increasing the Ontario Child Benefit to the promised maximum of $1,310
      per child per year – which will also hurt low-income working Ontarians.

      But the Budget also includes cuts to other social assistance benefits of
      $30 million this year alone, and directions on restructuring OW and ODSP
      employment supports services. These announcements severely constrain the
      discussions that are currently underway through the Social Assistance
      Review.

      Both the Liberals and the NDP are looking for feedback on Budget 2012 –
      we need to tell them that the budget deficit cannot be resolved on the
      backs of the poor.

      We're asking people to contact both the Liberals and the NDP, and tell
      them:

      * The freeze to social assistance rates will hurt the poorest
      people in Ontario – people on assistance need an increase that will let
      them keep up with the rising cost of living;
      * The Social Assistance Review must be allowed to complete its work
      before government makes any decisions on other changes; and,
      * The full Ontario Child Benefit should be implemented now.

      Answer the Liberals' survey at:
      http://incomesecurity.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=095b12c98935ecaadd327bf90&id=9e3254fd65&e=fae5b0f927

      Contact the NDP at:
      http://incomesecurity.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=095b12c98935ecaadd327bf90&id=3307a47bd2&e=fae5b0f927
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