August 2018
Backgrounder
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In Ontario, municipal governments and District Social Service Administration Boards (DSSABs) fund and deliver social assistance to low-income Ontarians. The provincial upload of social assistance benefit is fully implemented as of 2018. Municipal governments and DSAABs retain the same responsibility for administrative costs that continue to be shared 50/50 with the province.

The province is winding down the Basic Income research pilot. In addition, they indicated their plan to develop and announce a revised Social Assistance program within a 100-day deadline.

Social assistance changes that help people join the labour market will provide broad economic and social benefits across the province. Housing, child care subsidies and employment support programs also play a crucial role in developing the labour market, promoting community health, reducing poverty and improving economic competitiveness.

Municipal governments share an interest with the province in breaking the cycle of poverty. AMO needs to work together with the provincial government on their new plan for social assistance as municipalities are on the front lines. Changes should lead to efficient, effective services and simplified administration in order to improve results for the people and their communities.