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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Budget Changes to Social Assistance Began September 1 in Ontario Leaving Poor Families Going No Where Fast

Budget Changes to Social Assistance Began September 1


The 2013 Ontario budget included a number of changes to social assistance, most of which kicked in as of September 1, 2013.

ISAC has prepared several fact sheets on these changes to provide information to people receiving support from Ontario Works (OW) and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and the people who work with them.

The following fact sheets are now available:

Social Assistance Rates Update 
 
This fact sheet explains the increases that are coming to cheques that people receiving OW and ODSP will receive for the month of October. It explains that not everyone will get the 1% increase this year. It also explains how further “rate restructuring” due to this summer’s increase in the Ontario Child Benefit has affected the rates of some families with children.

Changes to OW Rules about Assets
 
For the first time since OW began, asset rules have changed significantly – and for the better. This fact sheet explains the changes.

Changes to OW and ODSP rules about how much money you can keep from work, self-employment, or training 
 
The rules around how much earned income you can keep have changed, resulting in more income for people on OW and ODSP who work, are self-employed, or take paid training. This fact sheet will tell you what you need to know.

Changes to OW Rules about Gifts
 
The increase in allowable amounts that people on OW can receive in gifts or “voluntary payments” in any 12-month period is explained.
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