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Fix the rates, first! Roundtable’s response to provincial income security report…

Category: NewsSocial Assistance Reform

The Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction has submitted recommendations to the provincial government regarding the Income Security Working Group’s Roadmap for Reform… You can read our submission: Hamilton-Roundtable-for-Poverty-Reduction-Roadmap-Submission-final.pdf

Pass Bill 6: Before it’s too late!!

Category: Social Assistance ReformSocial Policy

It’s been fifteen months since Bill 6 (the Ministry of Community and Social Services Amendment Act –Social Assistance Research Commission– 2016) passed 2nd reading in the Ontario Legislature unanimously.  With only months to go before a provincial election, time is running out to send Bill 6 to committee and on to third reading to become law.

A grass-roots video by the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction, which features real people in receipt of Ontario Works and ODSP and community advocates implores the provincial government to move Bill 6 forward…before it’s too late.   Please watch and then call or email your MPP to encourage them to support immediate action on Bill 6!

2018 North American Basic Income Congress comes to Hamilton

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The Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction is thrilled to partner with the Basic Income Canada Network and the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network along with McMaster University to host the 2018 North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress.  This gathering will bring together hundreds of academics, advocates and government representatives to discuss the future of income security.  We’ll provide more details in the space in the weeks ahead.

Media Release – 2018 NABIG

Basic Income Comes to Hamilton

Category: NewsSocial Policy

Basic Income April 24 2017

Province’s basic income pilot good news for more than one thousand Hamilton residents, but action on social assistance adequacy, $15 minimum wage needed too!

The Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction welcomes the Ontario Government’s decision to select Hamilton as one of three municipalities for the provincial basic income pilot announced today. The pilot will run for three years and will reportedly provide up to $16,989/year for four thousand people selected to participate in Hamilton, Brant County and Thunder Bay.

Hamilton is well positioned as a community that understands and responds to the social, economic and health effects of poverty.  Last year, Mayor Eisenberger sent a letter on behalf of Hamilton City Council to the Premier and Minister of Community and Social Services expressing interest to “…design and implement a Basic Income Pilot Project in Hamilton”. Hamilton’s Social Planning and Research Council and Neighbour to Neighbour Centre each held community meetings on basic income in recent months.

“We are certain a basic income pilot project will reinforce the need for income adequacy for all people in Ontario- especially for those on provincial social assistance programs who experience the deepest poverty in society” said John Mills, a member of the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction and a basic-income proponent.

“Adequate income is something we have worked hard to bring to the forefront of policy and program discussions,” says Laura Cattari, Campaign Co-ordinator of the Roundtable’s Fix The Gap campaign which has been advocating for evidence based social assistance rates and in favour of Bill 6 (Hamilton East – Stoney Creek MPP Paul Miller’s private member’s bill currently in limbo at the Ontario Legislature).

While news of the pilot project is positive, the Roundtable stresses the need for more information and a comprehensive consent process to ensure participants understand the ramifications of signing up for the pilot.  Nobody should be worse off by participating in the pilot.

With more than 957,000 people in Ontario in receipt of provincial social assistance programs, and a further 1.8 million Ontarians experiencing working poverty, the pilot project will only scratch the surface of Ontario’s deepening poverty and should not be an excuse for inaction on other fronts: “The Ontario Government should also fix the broken social assistance system and raise the minimum wage to $15/hr in Thursday’s provincial budget” said Tom Cooper, director of the Roundtable.


Hamilton poverty… By the Numbers:

  • In December, 2016 there were 12,204 Ontario Works cases in Hamilton (includes individuals or family units)
  • In December, 2016 there were 19,695 Ontario Disability Support program cases
  • A further 29,335 individuals in Hamilton work but live below Statistics Canada’s low income cut-off

Letter from Hamilton’s Mayor Regarding Bill 6

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Read Mayor Fred Eisenberger’s letter from the City of Hamilton to the Ministry of Community and Social Services Amendment Act (Social Assistance Research Commission) regarding Bill 6 here.

A Growing Movement to end predatory payday loan profiteering

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Predatory Lending Article by Tom Cooper

Identification Clinics in July

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Are you in need of obtaining a birth certificate?  If you are currently in receipt of Ontario Works you can register to attend an ID clinic.  Please read the attached flyer for more details including the dates and locations in July for each Clinic.  Click here: ID Clinic Flyer

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PayDay Loan Cost of Borrowing Review

Category: Community DevelopmentNews

Payday Loan StoreYou are invited to read the submission made to the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services on behalf of the Poverty Roundtable, the Hamilton Community Legal Clinic and the Social Planning & Research Council.

The letter makes three recommendations and changes to the Pay Day Loan Act: HRPR submission to Minister Gov and Consumer Affairs – May 2016


Contract Position

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Please see the attached for all the details of this 3-month contract position.

Contract position – 3 month contract June-Aug 2016

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UN Committee concerned at inadequate social assistance, lack of affordable housing, growing hunger in Canada

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Read the Media Advisory here: U.N. media CESCR