Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario



Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

November 21, 2012 14:20 ET

Media Advisory: Women and Trans Day of Action to stop the cuts to social assistance

Anti-poverty groups escalate campaign against social assistance cuts

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 21, 2012) - Members and supporters of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP), the Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses (OAITH) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario will march this Friday to the ministerial office of Laurel Broten, Minister Responsible for Women's Issues, to protest Liberal government plans to cut social assistance benefits that help women leave abusive situations.

WHAT: Women and Trans Day of action to stop the cut to community start-up
WHO: Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP)
Ontario Association of Interval and Transitional Houses (OAITH)
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario
WHEN: Friday, November 23, 2012
Gather from 11:00 AM
WHERE: Gathering at SE corner of Bay & College, outside the
Ontario Women's Directorate at 777 Bay Street
Marching to 900 Bay Street (office of Minister Laurel Broten)

The Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit (CSUMB) 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.

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