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Ontario to change definition of disability as part of social assistance reforms

People receiving disability support from the Ontario government will be able to keep more of the money they earn as part of the province's overhaul of social assistance, but critics say it will be harder to qualify for help. Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod laid out a broad vision for social assistance under the Progressive Conservatives on Thursday, promising to cut red tape and encourage people to get back in the job market with a series of changes scheduled to take place over the next 18 months.

Ontario redefining disability, rewarding staff for cutting off benefits: ACORN members and OW/ODSP recipients deeply concerned

ACORN members rallied in Ottawa, Peel, Toronto and Hamilton to oppose recent cuts to OW/ODSP and respond to the government's 100-day review of social assistance. 

Despite reiterating that the government was focused on taking a compassionate approach, the outcome of Social Services Minister Lisa Macleod's review has left many low-income Ontarians fearing the worst.

Ford's Government is clear about one thing: low-income Ontarians are under attack

“The fiscal hole is deep… Everyone across the province will be required to make sacrifices, without exception”. Finance Minister Vic Fedeli further emphasized the government’s plan to attack Ontario’s most vulnerable as he announced tax breaks for the rich and a series of cuts and rollbacks that will gut protections for low-income Ontarians.

Ottawa ACORN’s Statement on the 2018 Municipal Election Results // Déclaration d’ACORN Ottawa sur les résultats des élections municipales de 2018

Ottawa ACORN
For Ottawa ACORN, work on the municipal election actually began in 2016 when we started reaching out to like-minded allies who were interested and committed to building a progressive City Hall. // Pour ACORN Ottawa, le travail sur les élections municipales a en fait débuté en 2016 lorsque nous avons commencé à chercher des alliés aux vues similaires, intéressés et déterminés à construire un Hôtel de ville progressiste.