Legislature Press Conference and #Rally4ODSP to End Disability Poverty!
Toronto, Ontario: On Thursday, April 28th 2022, advocates will hold a press conference at the Ontario Legislature. We will gather on the front lawn and online to call for a PERMANENT INCREASE in Ontario Disability Support Program rates. The Rally will feature a line-up of self-advocates with a plea for immediate change.
What: Press Conference & Rally to End Disability Poverty.
When: Thursday, April 28th, 2022
QP Press Conference: 10:00 am to 10:30 a.m.
Rally Front Lawn: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: Ontario Legislature Toronto Ontario + Online on FACEBOOK Event Page
How can I participate?
1. You can join us on the front lawn at the Ontario Legislature at 11:00 a.m.
2. You can follow us online at…. https://fb.me/e/1AexFKFmJ
What are we asking for and why?
We are a grass roots gathering of Persons with Disabilities and their allies to demand proper, adequate monetary support in the current economic reality. Will persons with Disabilities be included in the Spring budget?
Did you know that people with disabilities that live in Ontario are legislated into poverty by the Government of Ontario? Currently a single person receives $14,028.00 per year of monetary support from the Ontario Disability Support Program. This is just over half of the poverty level. In the year 2020, the current level of poverty that was set forth by the Government of Canada was $25,900.00 per year for a single person. This would increase the current monetary support of $1,169.00 per month to approximately $2,000.00 per month.
People with disabilities deserve better! We should not have to choose between a willingness to work and have money clawed back after the first $200 dollars. It contradicts one’s ambitions and desires to work to earn a desirable income and uplift to a position of value. Having ODSP at $2,000.00 with claw backs after $800 dollars will also boost the economy over the to allow people with disabilities as respected citizens of Ontario. – Says Anthony Frisina – The Director of Media Relations for the Ontario Disability Coalition.
This increase will shift the narrative and move the needle forward for people with disabilities who live in Ontario from where they just exist to where they live and participate in their community. Their quality of life will increase. Their daily living activities will have meaning.
The Ontario Disability Coalition, ODSP Action Coalition and Disability Justice Network of Ontario will continue to advocate for an END TO DISABILITY POVERTY in the Province of Ontario until the Government acts to end this neglectful practice.