On Friday, October 26 at 10 a.m. at the Welcome Centre, 9100 Jane Street, Building H, Units 56-57 in Vaughan (Jane and Rutherford) six GTA area social planning councils are launching the “Action on Poverty” riding profiles for the Golden Horseshoe.
October 27th is “Destitution Day” for single parent families – the day of the year on which a single parent with one child who is receiving Social Assistance (“Ontario Works”), and living at the poverty line in Toronto, would run out of money for the year.
Today, social planning councils from Toronto, Durham, York, Peel, Halton and Hamilton, with the Alliance for a Poverty-Free Toronto are releasing a series of 53 “Action on Poverty” riding profiles to mark Destitution Day.
“As the Action on Poverty Riding Profiles attest, poverty profoundly shapes the lives of individuals and families across the Golden Horseshoe. Communities are doing their part to respond in a multitude of innovative and ambitious ways. Now it’s time for our federal and provincial governments to take action on poverty. At the provincial level, the government needs to get back to work. Poverty has not taken a pause,” remarks John Campey, Executive Director of Social Planning Toronto.
Highlighting the state of poverty in local communities across the Golden Horseshoe, and inspiring actions local community groups are taking, the Action on Poverty riding profiles are being released just days following the launch of the Social Assistance Review Commission’s final report. Organizers are calling for the provincial government to reconvene to address the critical issues raised in the Social Assistance Review Commission’s report, as well as action at the federal level in support of affordable housing and poverty eradication.
The profiles are available through the Social Planning Network of Ontario website at www.spno.ca