Changes in Ontario Social Assistance Programs

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Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services

The government of Ontario is making enhancements to the province's social assistance programs aimed to help recipients reach their full potential.

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Improvements include:

  • Increasing social assistance rates by two per cent for all people receiving social assistance.
  • Helping people who live in remote and northern communities -- who often pay more for basic needs like groceries and transportation -- by increasing the Remote Communities Allowance.
  • Increasing limits on cash and other assets so that people can better manage financial setbacks.
  • Increasing the income exemption for cash gifts, to better recognize that people receiving social assistance may also receive support from family or friends.
  • Streamlining rules to make the system work better for people.