10/24/2012

Toronto, Ontario, October 24, 2012 - The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) is reviewing the comprehensive report released today by the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario.
The Commission’s 22-month review resulted in more than 108 recommendations towards creating a new social assistance system focused on improving opportunities to find work for all recipients of social assistance.

Municipalities play a primary role in delivering social assistance through the Ontario Works program, which is cost-shared with the Government of Ontario. 

“Social assistance is critical. We need to make sure it is being delivered in a manner that achieves positive outcomes for those who depend on it, in a way that is sensible and pragmatic for the province and municipalities,” said Russ Powers, AMO President.  “Given the breadth and scope of the review, and the potential impacts on the current system, AMO looks forward to further discussions with the Ministry as it considers the Commission’s recommendations and potentially making changes to the system.” 

Municipalities bring a wealth of practical experience in program delivery and we believe will play an important role as the government considers the report’s recommendations. 

“Our shared interest is that any potential changes are well-planned, adequately resourced and allow local flexibility to see success,” Powers said.

AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario’s 444 municipal governments.  AMO supports and enhances strong and effective municipal government in Ontario and promotes the value of municipal government as a vital and essential component of Ontario and Canada’s political system.

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