London, On - April 17, 2019 - On Wednesday Link Central invited service providers
from across the London Economic Region to discuss research findings related to long-term
Ontario Works clients in the surrounding area. They were on hand to congratulate
Literacy Link South Central on the research work that was done after receiving a
$34,000 OTF grant in June 2018 and to hear more about the research findings and
their implications for programming.
"Literacy Link South Central completed essential research on Ontario Works in the
London area as a result of generous funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
This research has important programming implications that will enhance the economic
stability of those in London and surrounding areas through data collection and analysis."
- Terence Kernaghan, MPP for London North Centre.
"As service providers , we all have a role to play in helping people to move towards
sustainable employment and financial independence. Statistics are showing that more
and more people in our community are stuck in a cycle of needing financial support
through Ontario Works. Before the community can address this concerning trend, we
must first understand why it's happening." - Tamara Kaattari, Executive Director,
Literacy Link South Central
- In the London Economic Region there are four Ontario Works offices- London, Middlesex,
Oxford, and Elgin. Each of these offices has reported a trend: the average length
of participant time on the caseloads has been increasing.
- Data exists to identify the demographic groups most effected by the need for long-term
Ontario Works financial support.
- Research shows possible interventions (programs and services) that can support Ontario
Works clients in moving towards sustainable employment.
- The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario,
and one of Canada's leading granting foundations. OTF awarded more than $100 million
to some 629 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.