Orleans Star: ACORN calling for change in welfare, disability program

Posted August 26, 2016

Ottawa ACORN will be holding an action and petition signing rally at MPP Bob Chiarelli's office on Aug. 26, to bring attention to two issues that affect those with the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and Ontario Welfare (OW) recipients.

Michaela Fitzpatrick, an ACORN member from Orléans, said for the first issue they want to the government to raise the amount of earnings that can be accumulated on ODSP and OW before clawback.
"Right now it's $200 and ACORN wants to see it go up to $800."
Members will also be rallying for increase the amount of assets a couple can earn while on ODSP and OW. Fitzpatrick, 27, said right now it stands at $7,500 and they would like to see it at $10,000.
They would also like to see OW match ODSP rates.
"Where it is right now, families can't really save and they're stuck in poverty and will stay in poverty until things can be changed," said Fitzpatrick. "Alberta has it at $800 before clawback, so why can't Ontario?"
Members will also have a petition signing during the rally. Fitzpatrick said they want to get 5,000 signatures so they can submit an official petition to the legislature, which will then require a response from Premier Kathleen Wynne.
ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) is a non-profit organization that helps low-income and moderate families.
They will be holding their protest at 12 p.m. at 2249 Carling Ave.
Article by Kelly Snider for the Orleans Star