AMO is supportive of government efforts to reduce poverty and achieve greater overall affordability for the people of Ontario. An essential building block to help achieve this is to have a modern, responsive, effective and cost-efficient social assistance system.

There is an opportunity to invest in peoples’ well-being by reforming social assistance into a program that focuses more on front-line worker support so clients are able to improve their quality of life and find employment. In Ontario, forty-seven Consolidated Municipal Service Managers (CMSMs) and District Social Service Administration Boards (DSSABs) are on the front lines co-funding and managing the delivery of social assistance and employment services to low-income Ontarians.

AMO provided the Ministry of Children Community and Social Services with several recommendations about social assistance reform, informed by municipal perspectives from across the province.