Anti-poverty activists demand Ontario government save Community Start-Up Benefit


"Two days after Dalton McGuinty resigned as leader of the Ontario Liberal party and suspended the legislature, the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) continued their campaign to stop the elimination of the Community Start-Up and Maintenance benefit (CSUMB).

“McGuinty has resigned, but make no mistake, the Liberal anti-poor policies continue,” said OCAP in a press release issued Tuesday.

“This recent turn of events does not mean that the cut to Community Start-Up will be stopped. We have to continue our campaign under the assumption that the CSUMB cut will come in to effect this coming January which is why we need to keep up the pressure to stop this cut and to raise the rates.”

In the last provincial budget, the Liberals announced that effective January 1, 2013, the CSUMB would be terminated and removed from Ontario Works (OW) and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).

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