December 11, 2012 15:51 ET
Province-wide Week of Action against Liberal plans to cut social assistance comes to Toronto Wednesday-Friday
TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 11, 2012) - Six Liberal MPPs in the Greater Toronto Area will face a range of protests on Wednesday and Thursday of this week as community groups and unions escalate their campaign to stop the cut to the Community Start Up and Maintenance Benefit (CSUMB).
Members and supporters of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP), the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario and community organizations across Toronto are protesting the Liberal government's decision to cut the CSUMB, effective Jan. 1, 2013.
The Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit (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 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. Thursday's events are part of a province-wide Week of Action Against the Cut to the CSUMB, with over 20 communities participating.
CUPE OntarioDavid RobbinsCommunications613firstname.lastname@example.org
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