News - Ontario

September 3, 2014
Vibrant Communities Canada bloggers talk about the limitations of poverty reduction strategies and a Poverty Outline for Saint John, New Brunswick.
Keywords: Poverty Research, Welfare, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Ontario
August 20, 2014
What would happen if housing were enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms? Yutaka Dirks gives an inside account of the radical new fight to end homelessness in an article in This...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Ontario, All of Canada
May 26, 2014
A Charter challenge case in Ontario alleges that the federal and provincial governments violate the rights of homeless people by failing to implement policies that would eventually eliminate...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Ontario
May 23, 2014
The Income Security Advocacy Centre has created that includes information about why it’s important to vote, how to make sure you can vote, accessible voting for people with disabilities, raising...
Keywords: Government Policy, Unemployment, Ontario
March 7, 2014
The TTC’s overnight bus and streetcar service should be free for everyone during extreme cold weather alerts, says a Toronto councillor. Josh Colle, who is a TTC commissioner, brought a motion...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Ontario
February 4, 2014
Representatives of the Cambridge and North Dumfries Social Planning Council provided Cambridge city council with its annual Community Trends Report. At Meals on Wheels the number of subsidized...
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, Homelessness, Seniors and Elders, Women, Ontario
February 4, 2014
As many as 80 homeless people in the Waterloo region may be seeking a place to take refuge after one of the sites in the Out of the Cold program closes later this winter. Ray of Hope is renovating...
Keywords: Homelessness, Ontario
February 3, 2014
Last year, Waterloo Region's cost-shared spending with the province was cut to $2.5 million from $6 million the year before, a 58-per-cent cut. Politicians agreed to prop up the program temporarily...
Keywords: Government Policy, Welfare, Ontario
February 3, 2014
Premier Kathleen Wynne’s government will soon propose legislation linking future increases in the minimum wage to inflation. Minimum wage will be raised to $11 an hour starting June 2014. An article...
Keywords: Government Policy, Ontario
January 15, 2014
A group of health-care professionals is urging the Ontario government to raise the minimum wage to $14 from $10.25 an hour, saying poverty is a real health issue, especially for children. Doctors,...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Government Policy, Health, Ontario
July 25, 2013
Legal aid clinics in Ontario are facing another budget cut from Legal Aid Ontario.
Keywords: Legal Aid, Ontario
July 8, 2013
There has never been an inquest into the death of a migrant worker under the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program in Canada. In Ontario the Coroners Act provides for mandatory inquests for certain...
Keywords: Immigrants and Refugees, Workers' Rights, Ontario, All of Canada
May 6, 2013
We have put together the following resources to give a broader sense of how the anti-poverty community is responding to the 2013 Ontario Budget. At this point, the minority Liberals need NDP support...
Keywords: Government Policy, Ontario
April 10, 2013
Women, racialized persons, immigrants, temporary migrant workers, persons with disabilities, youth, Aboriginal persons and non-status workers are more likely to hold low wage, temporary jobs with no...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, Ontario
March 19, 2013
In January, inspired by the Idle No More movement, six Cree youth and one guide, left their community of Great Whale on the Hudson Bay to begin The Quest of Wisjinichu-Nishiyuu (Quest For Unity), a...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Indigenous, Ontario
August 20, 2012
In 2008, the Law Commissioner of Ontario started to look at part-time work, short contract positions and other forms of “precarious” work, against the background of the social issues affecting...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, Ontario, All of Canada
April 17, 2012
Four levels of human rights protections may be used to promote and enforce housing rights in Canada - provincial human rights codes, the Canadian Human Rights Act, the Canadian Charter of Rights and...
Keywords: Housing, Human Rights, Ontario, All of Canada
February 21, 2012
With the recent deaths of eleven migrant workers in Ontario, which mirrors a similar tragic van crash in BC in 2007, advocates and activists are renewing their demands for the provincial and federal...
Keywords: Ethnicity and Race, Government Policy, Workers' Rights, British Columbia, Ontario, All of Canada
December 23, 2011
From the Homeless Hub: 30,000 Hamiltonians are working and still living in poverty. How is this possible? It used to be that if someone was having a tough time making ends meet, the simple answer was...
Keywords: Poverty Research, Workers' Rights, Ontario
November 10, 2011
The Homeless Hub has released a new report, "Can I See Your ID? The Policing of Youth Homelessness in Toronto" that shows that despite strong evidence that panhandling and squeegeeing have declined...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Homelessness, Ontario