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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.

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.

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