January 2020
Maytree Releases Report on Ontario’s Social Assistance Reforms

2020-01-13 12:14:50 PM

The Maytree Foundation has released a report that contains recommendations for the Ontario government to consider as it integrates employment and training services provided to social assistance recipients into Employment Ontario (EO).

The report expresses concern on how the government’s plans for service delivery reform in Ontario Works does not clearly demonstrate how the changes will respond to certain changes or the implications for municipalities and recipients.

Other highlights of the report include:

  • Factors such as the current labour market, housing and health circumstances may be a better explanation as to why people living on low incomes are seeking support from social assistance

  • The government will need to work with municipalities to determine how to fund the work of Consolidated Municipal Service Managers and/or District Social Services Administration Boards

  • Clarify how the creation of Service System Managers will potentially shift administrative responsibility from municipalities to non-profit and for-profit entities and how it is a benefit from a social and fiscal policy perspective in the short and long term

  • Clarify the fiscal and governance implications as it is not clear whether the proposed changes will produce the cost-savings the government is looking for

The government is currently piloting the reforms in Peel Region, Hamilton-Niagara, and Muskoka-Kawarthas from 2020 to 2022. The lessons gained from the three pilot projects will inform the transition across the province.

For more information, please see below:

Maytree Report: System Transformation in Ontario Works

AMCTO: Prototype Regions for New Employment Services Announced



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