UJA Federation of Greater Toronto and CJC Ontario Region Comment on Ontario Budget

    TORONTO, March 25 /CNW/ - Canadian Jewish Congress Ontario Region and UJA
Federation of Greater Toronto commend the Ontario government for some of the
steps taken to address the issue of poverty in the 2008 provincial budget. CJC
and UJA urge the government to take further aggressive action in the areas of
affordable housing and social assistance. Both organizations have a long
history of alleviating poverty and introducing innovative social welfare
    In addressing such pertinent issues as social housing, health care and
job skills training, the Ontario government has taken steps toward lessening
the burden of poverty.
    "The Jewish community has long been committed to helping those in need.
Our communal agencies, synagogues and institutions have been at the forefront
of helping those who are most vulnerable. With today's budget, the provincial
government has affirmed its commitment to this shared value, and we urge all
Ontarians to join with us to take further steps to reducing poverty," said
David Koschitzky, Chair, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto.
    "Poverty affects all Ontarians equally regardless of race, gender,
disability or religious affiliation. All Ontarians share our community's
commitment to ensuring a just and equitable society, and recognize that we
need to help those who cannot help themselves. We look forward to working
closely with the government towards achieving this goal," said Frank
Bialystok, Chair of CJC Ontario Region.
    Both UJA Federation and Canadian Jewish Congress continue to address
urgent communal issues such as education, health care, poverty, housing,
seniors and social assistance.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Sally Szuster, Public and Media
Relations, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, Phone: (416) 840-2988, Cell:
(647) 280-6017, sszuster@ujafed.org; and Jordan Kerbel, National Director of
Public Affairs, Canadian Jewish Congress, jkerbel@on.cjc.ca, Phone: (416)
635-2883 ext 142, Cell (416) 317-9517, jkerbel@on.cjc.ca

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