TO THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF ONTARIO:
WHEREAS there are over 900,000 Ontarians who are forced to rely social assistance;
WHEREAS Doug Ford’s Conservatives promised to raise Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) rates by only five per cent, and have provided no additional support for those who receive Ontario Works (OW);
WHEREAS inflation is at a forty-year-high and people on fixed incomes are forced to make sacrifices every day just to survive;
WHEREAS both ODSP and OW recipients live in legislated deep poverty, a meager $58 increase to ODSP and no additional support for OW recipients will do virtually nothing to improve the lives of people living on social assistance;
THEREFORE WE THE UNDERSIGNED petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to immediately double social assistance rates, so that people can live dignified, healthy lives.