Community Living Ontario Council is a group of 11 elected self-advocates from across the Province who strive to improve the lives of people who have an intellectual disability in Ontario.

Poverty is one of their main concerns.

The provincial government is seeking feedback on ways to reduce poverty in Ontario. In response, Council wrote a letter to the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, Todd Smith.

In the letter, Council emphasized that “poverty, for many people, is the biggest barrier to living a good life”.  They provided the Minister with concrete solutions. Here are a few examples:

  • Increase the monthly amount of ODSP for those who permanently rely on ODSP in order that people who have an intellectual disability are not at risk.
  • Allow those who are working to keep more of their income before a claw-back.
  • Simplify the procedures and rules of ODSP and explain changes to ODSP in plainer language.

READ THE LETTER and full list of suggested solutions for the Poverty Reduction Strategy.

Council encourages self-advocates, people with intellectual disabilities, families and caregivers who have experience living in poverty to complete the survey. You have until March 30, 2020.