Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

October 09, 2012 16:26 ET

Anti-poverty Town Hall in Ottawa, Thursday Oct. 11

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

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 9, 2012) - The Ontario Coalition Against Poverty-Ottawa (OCAP-Ottawa), the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario invite the public to an October 11th Town Hall on how 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.

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.

WHAT: Anti-Poverty Town Hall Meeting
WHO: Monika Thakker, OCAP-Ottawa
Pierre Beaulieu-Blais, OCAP-Ottawa
Liisa Schofield, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP)
Carrie Lynn Poole-Cotnam, Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario
WHEN: Thursday, October 11, 2012
7:00 PM
WHERE: Patro d'Ottawa
40 Cobourg Street, Ottawa

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.

Free event. Wheelchair accessible. Bus tickets and snacks provided. There will be forms & support available to those wishing to apply for the Community Start Up benefit.

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