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To: Provincial Government

Raise ODSP OW Shelter and Basic Needs Allowances Now

Raise ODSP OW Shelter and Basic Needs Allowances Now

We call on Premier Ford to double Ontario Disability Support (ODSP) or Ontario Works (OW) rates to bring them in line with the CERB, because if laid-off workers need $2000 a month to get by — so do people who receive ODSP and OW.

Ford’s government is reviewing ODSP and OW right now. We’re going to deliver this petition to them on Monday — but with so many issues on the table during COVID-19, we need to make it massive to catch their attention. Will you add your name now?

Why is this important?

The COVID-19 crisis means that more people than ever are relying on support from the government to help us pay rent, and keep food on the table.

But most people in Ontario who receive social assistance aren’t eligible for the new $2000 a month Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) — they’re expected to get by on as little as $650 a month.

This is important so that homeless ODSP and OW clients have a shot at renting somewhere to live at average market rent since affordable, subsidized, rent geared to income housing is unavailable at this time and may be unavailable for the next 10 to 20 years due to a huge waiting list and zero vacancies. Clients need to eat as well as pay rent and since clients would still have to dip into their Basic Needs Allowances to cover rent because even doubling the Shelter Allowance still won't cover all of the rent at today's prices. Needed meds and other things not covered by the MSN forms have to be paid for out if Basic Needs and some of these items are very expensive, like medical cannabis, so along with needing healthy food a huge increase is called for here as well.


Reasons for signing

  • Monthly Expenses for one Rent $450/m Electric $35/m Phone $90/m Internet $50/m Renters Insurance $30/m Medical Expenses $330-450/m Transport ~$90/m That is about $1075 out of my $1179 monthly allowance. Doesn't leave a lot for food or self improvement.
  • More is needed for shelter costs now! The banks are offering low mortgage rates causing bidding wars on real estate as homeowners capitalize on this buying selling blitz! Landlords are selling out and tenants are suffering as more and more rentals go up for sale. I fear homelessness on the horizon for many is on the horizon as rents skyrocket and become unaffordable. Sincerely: Lisa
  • ODSP doesn't cover basic needs. All my money goes to rent which means i can only afford one meagre meal a day for me and my cat. We are hungry but there is no money for us. True poverty exists in Ontario. Please raise our rates so we can eat.


2020-04-27 15:11:45 -0400

20,000 signatures reached

2020-04-22 22:42:20 -0400

10,000 signatures reached

2020-04-22 15:07:46 -0400

5,000 signatures reached

2020-04-17 08:44:57 -0400

1,000 signatures reached

2020-04-16 14:50:09 -0400

500 signatures reached

2020-04-15 20:50:58 -0400

100 signatures reached

2020-04-15 19:32:06 -0400

50 signatures reached

2020-04-15 19:17:27 -0400

25 signatures reached

2020-04-15 18:51:59 -0400

10 signatures reached