A Hamilton-led bid to establish a Social Assistance Research Commission has passed Second Reading in the Ontario Legislature.
Supporters say Hamilton-East/Stoney Creek M.P.P. Paul Miller’s bill tries to take the politics out of social assistance by proposing that an independent panel recommend rates based on the best evidence of what it really costs to live in Ontario communities.
Currently, the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction’s Laura Cattari notes that 75 to 80 percent of people turning to food banks are in receipt of provincial social assistance.
Cattari adds that there battle in really just starting. She notes that the bill will eventually go to committee hearings, which is when supporters will really need to step up.