Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

October 25, 2012 11:42 ET

Media Advisory: Anti-poverty Town Hall in Kitchener this Thursday

McGuinty's poverty legacy: low social assistance rates and benefit cuts

KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 25, 2012) - Community groups are organizing an anti-poverty Town Hall in Kitchener this Thursday to raise awareness about the Liberal government's plan to cut social benefits that help people leave violent situations or move into better housing.

The Town Hall comes as a government-appointed commission releases its report this week on social assistance reform. Activists will also comment on the resignation of Dalton McGuinty, widely acknowledged to have made poverty worse in Ontario.

WHAT: Anti-poverty Town Hall meeting
WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 25
6:30 to 8:30 PM
WHERE: Kitchener Downtown Community Centre, 35B Weber St W

Background on the Community Start Up and Maintenance Benefit (CSUMB)

The CSUMB helps 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 or even obtain the basic items needed 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 to the Community Start Up, slated for elimination in 2013. The Town Hall is part of a provincial movement to stop the cut.

Sponsors include: Poverty Makes Us Sick, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty and CUPE Ontario.

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