Dr. Helena Jaczek Minister of Community and Social Services MPP Oak Ridges-Markham

Dr. Helena Jaczek Minister of Community and Social Services said that “In building a fairer and more inclusive province, we want to ensure people are better able to reach their full potential. By making continual improvements to social assistance, we will not only put more money into the hands of individuals and families who need it the most, but also ensure quicker, more efficient and better access to the supports and services that individuals need.”

Ontario is making enhancements to the province’s social assistance programs to help people reach their full potential and build fairer, more prosperous communities.

Improvements include:

  • Increasing social assistance rates by two per cent for all people receiving social assistance
  • Helping people who live in remote and northern communities — who often pay more for basic needs like groceries and transportation — by increasing the Remote Communities Allowance
  • Increasing limits on cash and other assets so that people can better manage financial setbacks
  • Increasing the income exemption for cash gifts, to better recognize that people receiving social assistance may also receive support from family or friends
  • Streamlining rules to make the system work better for people.

Improving social assistance is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.