Motions and Resolutions

This is a collection of motions and resolutions that have been passed in Ontario communities supporting 25 in 5 poverty reduction targets and/or more specific poverty reduction resolutions passed at municipal councils, school boards and other organizations (such as Chamber of Commerce). It is hoped that these will provide guidance to other groups interested in pursing similar actions.

City of Toronto

Council Highlights May 26 and 27, 2008

Council approves principles for poverty reduction Council put its support behind the principles to reduce poverty recommended in the 25 in 5 Declaration. The declaration and its strategy were developed by a broad range of community organizations and faith groups who are calling on the Provincial government to develop a comprehensive plan to reduce poverty levels by 25 per cent in five years and 50 per cent before 2018.

Principles of the poverty reduction strategy include creating sustainable, year-round employment for working adults, ensuring liveable incomes and building strong communities with supports including affordable housing and community programs.

City Council Decision

City Council on May 26 and 27, 2008, adopted the following motions:

1. City Council endorse the principles for a poverty reduction strategy contained in the 25- in-5 Declaration, specifically:

a. sustaining employment means assuring a living standard above poverty for any adult who works full time throughout the year; it means fair pay, increasing the minimum wage and stable working conditions for all Ontarians;

b. liveable incomes mean dignity for all Ontarians * including those unable to work; and c. strong and supportive communities mean affordable housing, early learning and child care, public education and community programs that help people connect.

2. The General Manager of Toronto Social Services, as part of her report on the implementation of the Action Plan for Social Assistance in the City of Toronto to Community Development and Recreation Committee, identify ways in which the Cityof Toronto can advance the poverty reduction initiatives outlined in the 25-in-5 Declaration.

3. The City of Toronto enable community engagement in the development of a poverty reduction strategy by facilitating public opportunities for Toronto residents to express their views on ways poverty can be reduced.

4. The City of Toronto share this report with its partners in other municipalities and the Province.

Background Information (Committee)

cd15.10-Letter from Councillor Joe Mihevc
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2008/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-12695.pdf)

cd15.10-Attachment: 25-in-5 Founding Declaration
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2008/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-12696.pdf)

City of Cambridge

Passed on October 29, 2007

THAT Cambridge City Council create a Cambridge Roundtable to develop a strategy for poverty reduction including representation from our four levels of government, members of the Fair Wage Committee, the Human Services Advisory Committee, and the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce which will be chaired by the Social Planning Council of Cambridge and North Dumfries.

PDF of motions

Township of North Dumfries

At the September 24, 2007 meeting of North Dumfries Township Council, the following resolution was passed:

Moved by Councillor Susan Foxton
Seconded by Councillor Ben Benninger

That the Council of the Township of North Dumfries request that the Provincial Government develop and implement a strategy to improve the lives on Ontarians. Included in such policy should be comprehensive poverty reduction strategy.

CARRIED.

Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce

Excerpts from media release

February 22, 2008 (Sudbury) – Reducing poverty makes good economic sense. Research shows that as the poverty level drops so do the costs to health care, social services and criminal justice systems. The Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce acknowledges the need for a strategy to reduce poverty in Greater Sudbury.

…”The focus of the strategy will be on income, employment and training, affordable housing, food security and transportation by aligning local efforts with provincial and national strategies.”

…”As its meeting this week, the chamber’s Board of Directors offered its support in principle to the SPC’s Community Strategy to Reduce Poverty and directed the chamber’s Advocacy Committee to determine what role the chamber can fulfill in facilitating the recommendations in the strategy.”

PDF of full media release

City of Cornwall

Recommendation (Passed on April 28, 2008)

Whereas the City of Cornwall values focus on “Quality of Life”, be it resolved that the City of Cornwall, including Council and the Economic Development departments, will work collaboratively with the Social Development Council to develop a Humand and Social Services Vision for the community over the next 3 years that would investigate improving living condistyions for people who live in substandard conditions. Specific initiatives could include a community transit pass, Heat or Eat, Community Recreation Activities and others.

Whereas the first strategy of the Economic Development Plan is “People First”

Therefore be it resolved that the City of Cornwall will work with the community and other levels of government to support the development and implementation of a comprehensive poverty reduction strategy that will focus initially on a 25% reduction in the next 5 years and will recommend and support the harmonization of income definitions.

City of Kingston

City Council Meeting No. 13-2008 Minutes
Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Report No. 71 of the Arts, Recreation and Community Policies Committee

4. Round Table on Poverty Reduction Strategy

THAT Council endorse the principles for a poverty reduction strategy contained in the 25-in-5 Founding Declaration, specifically:

a) Sustaining employment that assures a living standard above poverty for any adult working full-time throughout the year and includes fair pay and stable working conditions for all;

b) Liveable incomes for everybody, including those unable to work;

c) Strong and supportive communities with affordable housing, early learning and child care, public education and community programs that help people connect;

– and further

THAT Council direct the Community Development Services Group to develop a plan in collaboration with the Community Roundtable on Poverty Reduction by which the City of Kingston can advance poverty reduction strategies;

– and further –

THAT the City share this plan with its partners in other municipalities and the Province.
(Note: A memo from the Community Roundtable on Poverty Reduction dated May 22, 2008, was attached as Schedule Page 150)

CARRIED

County of Frontenac

Passed on July 16, 2008

RESOLVED THAT the Council of the County of Frontenac endorse in principle, the principles for a provincial poverty reduction strategy contained in the 25-in-5 Foundation Declaration, calling for a comprehensive plan to reduce child poverty levels in Ontario by 25% within five years and by 50% by 2018.

PDF of motion

Regional Municipality of Halton

HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE MEETING NO. 08-08
TUESDAY, JULY 8, 2008

RECOMMENDATION

  1. THAT the Memorandum from the Commissioner of Social and Community Services re: Social Planning Council Network of Ontario Poverty Reduction Strategy Update and the presentation from Community Development Halton regarding the Social Planning Council Network of Ontario Poverty Reduction Strategy be received
  2. THAT Regional Council support the ’25-in-5′ campaign to reduce Ontario poverty levels by 25% in 5 years and the three priorities of sustaining employment, livable incomes and strong, supportive communities.
  3. THAT this resolution be forwarded to Premier McGuinty, the Minister of Children and Youth Services, Cabinet Committee on Poverty Reduction, Halton MPs and MPPS, the Ontario Municipal Social Services Association, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
  4. THAT Halton MPP Riding Assistants be invited to attend Health and Social Services Committee meetings on a regular basis.

This was endorsed by the Regional Municipality of Halton on Wednesday July 16, 2008.

Ontario Public School Boards’ Association

Resultions passed at the 2008 Annual General Meeting of OPSBA (June 2008)

Policy Resolution #3 – Be it resolved, that OPSBA endorse the development and implementation of the Ontario Poverty Reduction Strategy which includes targets and timetables, poverty indicators, an action plan with a budget, and ongoing evaluation.

Policy Resolution #4 – BE IT RESOLVED that the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association call on the Cabinet Committee on Poverty Reduction to recommend that the government’s poverty reduction strategy include social assistance rates which are determined annually and based on the actual cost of rent and other basic necessities in the communities where recipients reside.

Policy Resolution #5 – Be it Resolved that the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association call on the Province of Ontario to continue to issue both the Back-to-School and the Winter Clothing Allowances to social assistance recipients;

And Further be it resolved that the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association include this request in a submission to the Cabinet Committee on Poverty Reduction, which is currently receiving public input on the development of a comprehensive poverty reduction strategy.

City of Pickering

The Council of the Corporation of the City of Pickering, at its meeting on July 14, 2008, endorsed the City of Toronto’s commitment to social inclusion through the 25 in 5: Network for Poverty Reduction, and directed the City Clerk to advise the Region of Durham, Social Services Department.

Township of Wainfleet

At its regular meeting held on July 15, 2008, adopted the following motion:

That the declaration endorsed by the City of Toronto at its May 26th and 27th, 2008 meeting regarding the 25 in 5: Network for Poverty Reduction, be received and supported.

City of Orillia

The City of Toronto’s letter dated June 23, 2008 concering social inclusion and poverty reduction was presented at a meeting of Council on June 30, 2008. The correspondence was received as informational.

The Corporation of the City of Sarnia

Sarnia City Council, at its meeting on July 14th, 2008, considered correspondence from the City of Toronto dated June 23, 2008 and the following resolution was adopted:

That Sarnia City Council support the resolution of the Mayor of Toronto, dated June 23rd, 2008, regarding its declaration on poverty.

City of London

London Municipal Council, at its session on July 21, 2008 resolved:

That the 25 in 5 campaign being undertaken by 25 in 5: Network for Poverty Reduction to ask the Government of Ontario for a plan to reduce poverty by 25% in 5 years and 50% before 2018, BE ENDORSED IN PRINCIPLE and the communication dated June 23, 2008 from David Miller, Mayer, City of Toronto, BE REFERRED to the General Manager of Community Services for follow up and incorporation into the City of London’s Anti-Poverty Strategy.

City of Oshawa

City of Oshawa Council considered endorsing the founding declaration at their meeting of September 22, 2008 and adopted the following resolution:

“Whereas the 25-in-5 Network has declared that ‘We believe in a poverty-free Ontario. A place where everyone can live in dignity and enjoy a good standard of living’; and,

Whereas the 25-in-5 Network is holding a 2-week awareness campaign across the Province from October 13 to October 24, 2008 to promote a poverty-free Ontario;

Therefore be it resolved that the City of Oshawa endorses the following:

’25-in-5 Founding Declaration setting out three priorities for a Poverty Reduction Strategy:

  1. good, sustaining jobs that lift working Ontarians out of poverty;
  2. liveable incomes that adequately support those unable to work; and,
  3. strong and supportive communities affordable housing, child care, public education and community programs that help people connect.’

And that the municipalities of Durham Region, and the Region of Durham be asked to endorse this declaration.”

Town of Ajax

Town of Ajax Council considered endorsing the founding declaration at their meeting of October 9, 2008 and adopted the following resolution:

“Whereas the 25-in-5 Network, a social network for poverty reduction, has declared that ‘We believe in a poverty-free Ontario. A place where everyone can live in dignity and enjoy a good standard of living’; and,

Whereas the 25-in-5 Network is holding a 2-week awareness campaign across the Province from October 13 to October 24, 2008 to promote a poverty-free Ontario;

Therefore be it resolved that the Town of Ajax endorses the following:

’25-in-5 Founding Declaration setting out three priorities for a Poverty Reduction Strategy:

  1. good, sustaining jobs that lift working Ontarians out of poverty;
  2. livable incomes that adequately support those unable to work; and,
  3. strong and supportive communities affordable housing, child care, public education and community programs that help people connect.’

City of Greater Sudbury

Whereas citizens, several social service agencies, the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce, the Sudbury & District Labour Council and the Sudbury & District Health Unit have all endorsed the Community Strategy on Poverty Reduction,

And whereas these agencies and organizations along with many individuals from our community have been heavily involved in the trans- provincial efforts to implement a province wide poverty reduction strategy and have joined with the 25 in 5 Network,

And whereas the 25-in-5 Network has declared that ‘We believe in a poverty-free Ontario. A place where everyone can live in dignity and enjoy a good standard of living’;

And whereas the 25-in-5 Network is working at increasing awareness across the Province in order to encourage the current provincial government to ensure that the Poverty Reduction Strategy that they will be revealing in December of this year is robust and moves us towards a poverty-free Ontario;

Therefore be it resolved that the City of Greater Sudbury joins with cities and communities across the province and endorses the 25-in-5 Founding Declaration setting out three priorities for a Poverty Reduction Strategy which include:

  1. good, sustaining jobs that lift working Ontarians out of poverty;
  2. liveable incomes that adequately support those unable to work; and,
  3. strong and supportive communities mean affordable housing, child care, public education and community programs that help people connect.’

And that the City of Greater Sudbury’s name be officially added to the list of endorsers.

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

Letter to The Honourable Dalton McGuinty, Premier

Nutritious Food Basket and Poverty Reduction Strategy

Resolution 08 -09

WHEREAS a nutritious diet is a basic requirement for health and well-being;

AND WHEREAS an inadequate income is the most significant barrier to a healthy diet;

AND WHEREAS Simcoe Muskoka residents receiving social assistance or minimum wage income cannot afford a nutritious diet after paying for housing and other fixed costs;

AND WHEREAS poor nutrition impacts on child growth and development and leads to an increased risk of chronic and infectious diseases which cost more to treat and manage than to prevent;

AND WHEREAS ensuring that people have enough funds to purchase an adequate and nutritious diet is an effective disease prevention strategy;

AND WHEREAS the provincial government has established a Cabinet Committee tasked with developing a provincial poverty reduction strategy for implementation in December 2008;

AND WHEREAS there is now widespread concern that the implementation of this strategy may be delayed indefinitely due to a downturn in the provincial economy;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Simcoe Muskoka District Board of Health use a variety of communication methods to urge the provincial government to implement without delay a coordinated, long-term poverty reduction strategy that includes targets, timelines, a dedicated budget and ongoing evaluation. These communication methods will include a letter from the Board of Health to Premier McGuinty, the issuing of a press release on World Food Day, October 16, 2008 and the publication of a Medical Officer of Health newspaper column.

FURTHERMORE that a copy of the letter to Premier McGuinty and of this Resolution be forwarded to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, the Minister of Health Promotion, the Minister of Community and Social Services, the Minister of Children and Youth Services, local MPP’s, the Ontario Public Health Association, Ontario Public Health Association Food Security Workgroup, the Association of Local Public Health Agencies and local Boards of Health requesting that they endorse the implementation without delay of a provincial poverty reduction strategy.

AND FURTHERMORE that the Board of Health endorse the 25 in 5: Network for Poverty Reduction Founding Declaration and its three priorities for a provincial Poverty Reduction Strategy (Appendix D) and communicate this endorsement via email to Jennifer Posthumus, designated contact person for the 25 in 5 Network.

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Original Signed by Dennis Roughley
Chair, Board of Health
October 25, 2008

City of Belleville

Letter to The Honourable Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario

RE: Provincial Cross-Community Poverty Reduction Campaign
6.2 & 8.c.1, Belleville City Council Meeting, November 24, 2008

This is to advise you that at the Council Meeting of November 24, 2008, the following resolution was approved:

“THAT Council support the request from the Community Development Council of Quinte regarding the ’25-in-5: Network for Poverty Reduction’; and

THAT Council support the 25-in-5 Founding Declaration.”

The Council of the Corporation of the City of Belleville fully endorses the following three Poverty Reduction Strategy priorities put forth by the “25-in-5: Network for Poverty Reduction”:

  1. Good, sustaining jobs that lift working Ontarians out of poverty;
  2. Livable incomes that adequately support those unable to work; and
  3. Strong and supportive communities, affordable housing, child care, public education and community programs that help people connect.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Your truly,

Julie C. Oram, AMCT
Director of Corporate Services/City Clerk

7 thoughts on “Motions and Resolutions

  1. Re: Linda Lalonde – Ottawa

    Please advise her position with Poverty Watch Ontario, phone, e-mail and mailing address.

    Thank you.

  2. My husband and I and our 17 yr old are basically sinking in Ontario, the land of the free and where all unwanted illegal boat people come to. My husband has had 2 major strokes from a blood disorder and I am in a wheelchair because some idiot cannot operate and skips the country and we are both on odsp. We are starving and i can’t afford our 17 yr old practically anything like clothes. Thank God for school uniforms but that ends June as he graduates highschool. Seems to me I would rather be a poor person in a not so rich country than be treated as if I were one by my own country.

  3. would of had a good paying job if i was not injure,,its not my fault and me and my family should not be punish for it.please i want to change this how and who do i get to help me,i need to talk to someone,this is important to me and alot of canadians are in my situation,this as to changmy problem with odsp is that i will never get out of poverty and my kids will follow because of the polocies the odsp have,they are not good at all.if my kids go to work i get cut off,if my kids are going to go to college i will be cut off and theI think as a canadians,are government should involve us ,when they decide to change polocies, are when they make them,because it affects us the citizens.we should have the right to be there and give are opinions on the subjects are the polocies that are being discuss,because its us that will be affected by it not them,so why do they have the power to affect us like that without us giving are word ,are wisdom,maybe we have better solutions then they do,just maybe,so why don,y you give us that chance and maybe canadians would get more involve in government if the felt apart of it,like one polocie that as change and it affect me and my family is that because my son turn 18 years old so now my baby bonus as gone down i use to have 556 for my 2 kids now its haft because he is 18 and that hurts are family because we had a hard time before that with just keeping are food supply and now i have to go to the food bank more and my family will give us meat and stuff like that and my son is still in school ,so him going to work is out of the question ,he needs to consentrate on school not on will we have enough food are so on..this is so on fair to do that to canadian families,don,t they want are kids to have a good life ,they need good education not worry about part time jobs and how am i going to help mom,no no this is not how my government should work..help us out don,t bring us down like that..I did not choose to be on disability,i had a diving accident when i was in my second year of college for social work when my life turn upside down,i wanted a good life for us and now i have to depend on my government and my kids and i didn,t ask for that to be disable the most that my government good do for me is to help me out for crying out lound ,,i just want my kids to have a chance at having a good education and carer and you are changing polocies without really understanding how it affect families,i need that extra money,please change that polocies,and make it for at least until kids are done all schooling,make the right decision ,you have to have commen senses.and another thing is that when a family is on disability ,like me and my 16 year old and 18 years old i get my check for food and shelter and the basic,,but if one of my kids go to work they will need to now how much my child makes is money that he works for and they will calculate is income with what i get from them ,then they will detuct that from my check can you beleive that,,they have no right to take any kids income and put it with me ,,if i was not injure and i would of been working for the career i was going for i would of had about the same they give me now so that money they give me is mine and they should have no busness in knowing how much my child makes ,,its there money and want they give me is mine ,,i got hurt,i had the accident i deserve that money,its not like i said oh cheez i want to be disable.its mine and they should not take income from my kids they add it with mine and all that,,that is so wrong in so many ways..it as to change..if my child goes to work and he makes is money it should not be any one else is busness but himself..that is so wrong,,so please really understand how you are making your citizens feel like..would you like it if someone would ask you to give all information about your kids and how much they make and then calculate it with your peck check wow i don,t care who you are that is wrong..my money is mine and want my kids make is theres,they have to save there money ,to have a good life not have it in one hand and taken out another way ,,,so wrong,,my government and you most understand that ,,i,am not on welfare,,i did go to college to have a better life so i could of send my kids to college and all that ,,i did 2 years of college and just when i was going to go for my placement for social work i HAD A DIVING ACCIDENT that change my life and i should not be punish for it ,,my money is mine and my kids money when they go to work should not be involve with mine,,i did the right steps i y won,t be able to stay home,i will be reduce to nothing ,me and my kids should just planning for the future because,it does not look good for us. won,t be able to help my kids anymore i won,t and income to help are help them stay home so i can take care of housing,all because i was and in accident 10 years ago when i was in my second year of college for social work wow and now look what i have to look forward to,i won,t be useful for nothing that is how the polocies for odsp will reduce me too nothing.my kids won,t be able to go to work because i will be cut off.or go to college because if they stay home while going to college i wll be cut off in alot of ways,so i will be reduce to live on the street are watever ,,there is no future for me and my kids,if odsp does not change,WHY should i have reductions,i tryed i should have and income base on what i would of had if i was not injure,and income that i would of had working as a social worker,but no,i will be punish for the rest of my life and my kids.. th ,I’am a mother of two kids.my son
    is 18 and my daughter is 16.I have been on odsp(disability) for about 3 years
    and .for the last year have been struggling,not because I don,t manage my
    finance.but because the food and all the neccesety of daily to daily stuff as
    increase and I have had to go to food banks and anything that would help.my
    family as given me box of meat and food and because my son turn 18 you have
    taken my baby bonus away.so now I have less money,just because he his 18
    teen,that is not fair,he is going to high school for another year to increase is
    marks and get more education and we are being punish because he won’t be able to
    work and help me out and he should not worry about that anyway.I want him to get
    the best marks and just concentrate on school.why does the government make
    polocies that hurt us.canadian families that are trying to make are kids
    succeded and do well,they will have the rest of there lifes to work..why can’t
    you make polocies that work..does it make sence to cut of money on family that
    already struggle because a child turn 18 teen..18 teen is still a teen,just like
    the number says..you are a teen until there is no more teen word in your age and
    that is 20.not 18 or 19 they are still teenagers.why don’t you help us and make
    polocies that really make sences.not this..its not helping canadian families its
    hurting us,stressing us and affecting are kids.they should worry about there
    education and careers not about how are you going to manage this month.has a
    parent I think that this is so wrong..you should change it are make the changes
    now.please think about us,we don’t need reduction in money we need more.the
    cause of living is so much more and as a canadian don’t you think that we all
    need this polocie of having money taken away when a child turn 18 teen is very
    wrong and it hurt the entire family.I tell you right now if you change that
    polocie where it makes sences like when a child is not a teen anymore like 20 is
    not a teen anymore it would make sences,but as of now it doesn’t .its wrong and
    I don’t understand how are government can make changes like that and think they
    are doing something good,because its not good..want am I going to do.I won,t
    have enough money every month and there is no more program that help..why can’t
    you just make families more comfortable in this already hard life we have to
    live…change it now ,canadian families need it..increase are money we are not
    doing good as canadians we need more help,help that make commen sences.come on
    the government as to realize want I’am saying is the truth.the polocies have to
    be changed.and a lot of canadians will be happy with are government.if it does’t
    change you will see kids having to stop there schooling are there path to good
    education because the families support is not there and that is not fair we have
    to give does kids a chance at a good life..pleasse do something about it..its
    not just me a lot of families that I have been talking too just doesn’t
    understand why are government is doing this to good canadian families..we
    deserve to have the best for are kids too.just because we ended up getting hurt
    are accidents and you couldn’t work does not mean we have to be treated any less
    then others.we all deserve a chance especailly the kids..I need more financial
    help not less..think about want I’am saying .please change this as soon as
    possible and make some canadian families happy for a change.sylvie gravel from
    englehart,ontario 705-544-2124.someone call me if you need me,to help out in
    anyway.this is something I believe in strongly and I want the changes done there
    is no excuse for it not to change and I want to help out if anyone wants me,,I
    will help out..just contact me

    I would just like to begin whit saying, that i have great respect for all the hard work it takes to keep government working,all the policies you have to do is very hard,more complex then i realized.some policies are working good,some are not.could i give you some of my reasoning on some change’s that need to be done.Like
    example 1:I,am a disable 37 year old on odsp with a 18 year old and 16 year old.I was stuggling with housing,food etc,then when my son turn 18 years old he graduated high school,but decided to stay one more year to get more credit in phisics and science and the government took of my baby bonus and now you can just imagined how much its hurting us financially and they are both in sports,so they need money when they go out of town to tournaments and its very hard for me to keep then in sports.but they have too because i don,t want them to go bad ,i want them active and contributating to the communitie.but if polocies are not changed and i don,t get back the 300 hundred i lost when he turn 18,i will have to take them out of sports and take my son out of school and there goes two life’s down the drain.they don,t stand a chance of getting out of this cycle of not enough money to be able to get out of this cycle,and its sad,all the work they have done and me to be good,hard working on education will be for nothing,why can,t you guys see that the cycle will keep on going like that,until government really understand the way polocies affect canadian families.If i would have extra money in a month there would be a chance for my children,but there is not one polocie that is working for us.and i have alot more to say,about poverty,housing,education.if the government could listen to me ,i have solutions. I what to be listen to ,because does three subject, i have been living with and my kids. we are the one,s you should give a chance to talk and give are idea’s about what works,what would work better, what is not helping us.so please can me and my kids talk ,we what to be listen too.how can we do that,please answers us back.we might surprise you with are stories and what we have to offer the government, with are idea’s on how polocies could work better for canadians.
    someone call me and my kids and talk to us,because i,am scare for are future and we what to talk and give are stories so that the government can really get a crasp at whats really going on and how polocies are not working ,,the cycle of ,poverty,homelenessness,kids not going further in education,crime and so on.we need to change this because its only going to get worst,705-544-2124.e its not fair and it affects alot of people so please call me at 705-544-2124

  4. “Social condition” needs to be placed as a prohibited ground of discrimination in the Human Rights Code, so that poor and low-income people can fight challenges, such as poor treatment by food banks, employers, government services, and so forth, to ensure that low-income people have the right to develop and prosper as healthy, participating citizens.

  5. The 25 in 5 Strategy for Reducing Poverty in Ontario needs to state that its goals are in accordance to The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Ontario, by adopting a Provincial poverty reduction strategy will display an initiative in support of ratifying and implementing this important instrument in Canada.

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