Toronto, Aug. 01, 2018 - Today the Ontario Association of Food Banks released a
statement on the announcement made by the Government of Ontario regarding the Basic
Income Pilot and Ontario's social assistance programs.
"Yesterday afternoon, the Government of Ontario announced its plans to terminate
the Basic Income Pilot, as well as reduce the planned increase to Ontario's social
assistance programs by 50 percent. The Ontario Association of Food Banks is disappointed
and alarmed by these unexpected changes and is concerned about the impact that it
will have on low-income Ontarians.
Food banks across the province have long advocated for increases to Ontario's social
assistance programs and the continuation of the Basic Income Pilot as an evidence-based
solution to poverty in our province. The enactment of these cuts would be a step
backwards in our collective effort to create a healthier and hunger-free Ontario."
Food Banks Use in Ontario:
- 499,415 people accessed food banks in Ontario between April 1st, 2016 and March
1st, 2017, with 33 per cent (or 166,703) being children
- 90 per cent of food bank clients are either rental or social housing tenants
- 68 per cent of clients cite social or income assistance as their primary source
- Ontario Works provides individuals with $721 per month, Ontario Disability Support
Program provides $1,151 per month. In a sample of ten cities, the average one-bedroom
apartment would require between 70 to over 100 per cent of this monthly income.
- 171,000 households are currently on Ontario's affordable housing wait list, with
32 per cent being seniors. The wait time is approximately four years.
- The Ontario Association of Food Banks recommends an immediate increase to Ontario's
current social assistance programs alongside investments in affordable housing
About Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB)
The Ontario Association of Food Banks is the province's leading provider of emergency
food support to frontline hunger-relief agencies and the leader in province-wide
hunger research. Our mission is to strengthen communities by providing food banks
with food, resources, and solutions that address both short and long-term food insecurity.
For every $1 donated, the Ontario Association of Food Banks can provide the equivalent
of 3 meals to someone in need.