TORONTO, Jan. 17, 2013 /CNW/ - The Association of Municipalities of
Ontario (AMO) is reviewing the Ontario PC White Paper issued today on
social assistance reform.
The report makes a number of recommendations including combining the
provincially run Ontario Disability Support Program with the Ontario
Works programs, which is delivered by municipalities and cost-shared
with the Province.
"Improving how those in need receive service is a shared interest," said
Russ Powers, AMO President. "One combined program may make sense for
clients. But it would not make sense for property taxpayers to pick up
the tab for integrating two complex benefits."
As well, the upload agreement with municipalities for Ontario Works
benefits, now in its fourth year and valued at $145 million, needs to
be honoured. In 2008, the Province committed to upload provincial
social assistance benefits and court security costs from the municipal
property tax base.
"Without those funds and the continued uploading of these cost over the
next five years, property taxpayers would take a direct hit," Powers
said. "Property taxes must be used for essential services such as safe
roads and clean water, not for provincial income redistribution
Municipalities bring a wealth of practical experience in program
delivery and will play an important role in any social assistance
AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario's
444 municipal governments. AMO supports and enhances strong and
effective municipal government in Ontario and promotes the value of
municipal government as a vital and essential component of Ontario and
Canada's political system.
SOURCE: Association of Municipalities of Ontario
For further information:
Brian Lambie, AMO Media Contact, 416-729-5425, firstname.lastname@example.org
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