In Canada, most of us are proud of the social safety net that has developed over the last 65 years. We are a nation of people who care for each other. We should do it because it’s the fair and economical thing to do.
What more can we do?
Too often the level of financial support given to individuals who cannot work leaves them without enough money to survive (never mind thrive or flourish) — hence the growth in food banks over the last 50 years. They were meant to be temporary.
In Ontario, the poverty line for a single person is $19,930. The income provided by Ontario Works is $7,452, leaving a $12,478 deficit. For an adult with one child, the poverty line is $28,185 and the payment is $13,497, leaving a deficit of $14,688. This is unconscionable. We have to try something else.
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