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Social Assistance Rates 2019
Basic Income was transforming lives, report from CHCH News
Feb 25 Information Session

Feb 25 Information Session

Ontario is dramatically changing Social Assistance.  Are you in receipt of OW, ODSP, or Basic Income?  Are you thinking of applying for social assistance benefits?  Do you work with recipients...
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Action Priorities

A Basic Income in Hamilton
In spring, 2017, the Government of Ontario announced Hamilton and two other Ontario communities would par­ticipate in a 3 year pilot project to test the idea of a basic income. There's now a national and international focus on Hamilton as a result of the pilot project
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Basic Income Voices
There was once an idea that interested people;  if you gave people autonomy and enough money you could shape their health and well-being. But was it true?  They took the idea and created an experiment called the Ontario Basic Income Pilot.  4000 households.  4 cities. 6000 lives. Then it was cancelled.  The stories you will read...Read more
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Reforming social assistance in Ontario
People living on provincial social assistance experience the deepest poverty in society. Rates are inadequate to meet even basic needs such as housing, food or warmth. It's time to provide opportunity and restore dignity for all those who rely on social assistance. Everybody deserves a future!
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The Right to Housing
Gentrification and rising property values are leading to skyrocketing rents in Hamilton. Families are being priced out of their homes and displaced by large property management companies that often hike rents in multi-residential apartment buildings.
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Accessing Financial Supports
New financial benefits such as the Canada Child Care Benefit, the working income tax credit and the seniors' guaranteed income supplement could provide hundreds of dollars a month in additional income for low-income families in Hamilton, but nearly 7,000 families don't file taxes and lose out on more than $40 million in financial assistance that could help reduce poverty.
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Ending Predatory Payday Lending
Payday Loans appeal to people who fall into a financial emergency and need quick cash to pay a bill or put food in the table, but borrowing can quickly cascade into deep debt. Outlets in Hamilton often locate in lower-income neighbourhoods and use misleading advertising to hide high interest rates. At least 16,000 Hamiltonians borrow about $50 million worth of payday loans annually.
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Living Wage Hamilton
In Hamilton 29,335 people work but don't earn enough at their jobs to move out of poverty. Precarious work, irregular scheduling, short-term contracts and lack of access to health, dental and prescription drug benefits all contribute to a cycle of working poverty for too many working people in our city.
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Speakers Bureau
The purpose of the Speakers’ Bureau is to empower individuals by giving voice to their lived experience with poverty and social exclusion.  The concept’s origins stem from the Shifting Attitudes work group of the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction; founded to combat pervasive negative stereotypes and promote educated dialogue around the community implications and costs...Read more
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