Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

October 12, 2012 16:45 ET

Anti-poverty march and rally in Hamilton tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 13

McGuinty government making poverty worse with planned cut to "Community Start Up"

HAMILTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 12, 2012) - The Campaign for Adequate Welfare and Disability Benefits is hosting an anti-poverty march and rally tomorrow, Saturday, October 13 in Hamilton.

The campaign, sponsored by a range of community organizations and labour unions, invites members of the public to join together in a common call to "raise the rates" for social assistance. Many are concerned that the McGuinty government is making poverty worse in Ontario, most recently with plans to cut Community Start Up funds that help people move into better housing.

WHAT: Anti-poverty march and rally
WHEN: Saturday, October 13, 1:30 pm
WHERE: Gather at Gore Park, King and James Streets

The Community Start-Up makes a difference in the lives of over 16,000 people every month in Ontario. It is one of the only ways that people on Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program can cover the costs of moving, save their housing and obtain the basic items they need to maintain a home. It is a defence against homelessness and a means by which many women are able to leave situations of domestic violence.

The Liberal government's 2012 budget brought a number of regressive cuts to social assistance, including the Community Start Up, slated for elimination in 2013. The Town Hall meeting is part of a provincial movement to stop the cut.

Sponsors include: CUPE Ontario, Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association, Ontario Association of Social Workers, Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario, United Steelworkers Local 1005, Ontario School Teachers Federation, Hamilton Organizing for Poverty Elimination and the Hamilton & District Labour Council. BBQ and refreshments provided!

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