Open Letter Calls Premier Ford to Double Social Assistance Rates

More than 200 advocacy groups (including NABC) have signed an open letter asking the Ontario government to double disability support payment rates and ensure they keep up with the soaring cost of living. The recent provincial election campaign saw the Progressive Conservatives promise to raise Ontario Disability Support Program rates by five percent and introduce legislation to tie annual increases to inflation. Social assistance rates have been stagnant since 2018, with a single person able to receive up to $1,169 a month on ODSP and $733 on OW, well below the poverty line.

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