Every Little Bit Helps - 2% Increase in ODSP Shows Commitment to Improving People's Lives

    TORONTO, March 22 /CNW/ - Minister Sorbara's announcement of a 2 percent
increase to the Ontario Disability Supports Program is a step in the right
direction. For people with an intellectual disability breaking the cycle of
poverty is a tough one.
    "At least this is something," says Paul Cochrane, who chairs Community
Living Toronto's Self-Advocates' Council, "But people need to realize that it
only means an extra $20 a month. We need to have a plan to increase ODSP so
that people can have a better quality of life."
    Last year the Provincial government announced a 2% increase to ODSP, and
today's announcement of another 2% shows that the Government is committed to
changing the lives of people with an intellectual disability and helping them
to have a little more money in their pockets to spend on food, their homes and
    "I hope that this 2% increase happens every year," says Paul, "and I'd
like to see it so that I can work and keep more of my money and benefits, and
not need as much support."

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