Brighter Prospects: Transforming Social Assistance in Ontario

Summary: 

This report charts a new course for social assistance in Ontario, a course designed to support all recipients to participate in the workforce to the maximum of their abilities and to guarantee income security for those who cannot work. It is the final report of the review of social assistance established as part of Ontario’s 2008 Poverty Reduction Strategy. That strategy articulated a vision of a province where all people have the opportunity to realize their full potential.

If social assistance is to do its part to help achieve this vision, the system must be simple, and it must be effective in helping people move into employment as well as in providing income support. This requires fundamental change, both within social
assistance and outside the system. Inside social assistance, change is needed to remove complexity and ineffectiveness.

Outside the system, change is needed to address policies that negatively affect social assistance outcomes. This report proposes action on both fronts. We are aware that achieving a fully transformed social assistance system will take time, and
this report identifies early implementation priorities to begin the process of change.

Publication date: 
Oct 2012
Author: 
Frances Lankin, Munir A. Sheikh
Publisher: 
Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario
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