statement by Teresa
September 15, 2018

I have been on social assistance since 1995. My situation is less desperate than most ODSP recipients, because I'm able to work part time and live in an RGI apartment. Over the years, I've relied on food banks, clothing banks, and money from family members, just to cover the essentials. I'm not able to set aside money for emergencies, and am struggling to pay off credit card debt. My job is precarious. I earn less than minimum wage. As prices go up, my income does not. As I've aged, my health has deteriorated, and I'm more limited in the types of work I can perform. A significant increase to ODSP rates would enable people with disabilities to live with dignity. If we weren't so busy struggling to survive on an inadequate income, we'd be able to fully participate in our communities.