a bit of background info on poverty lines
in relationship with social assistance in Ontario


social assistance in Ontario = ODSP + OW + other small benefits
ODSP = Ontario Disability Support program
OW = Ontario Works
everything is conditions and means-tested
everything comes with "strings attached"
everything ends before recipients reach poverty line


POVERTY LINES
Up until last years' first federal Poverty Reduction Strategy StatsCan was calculating and publishing the Low-Income-Measure (LIM) as a non-official poverty line. This is how poverty lines are compared between countries. The Poverty Reduction Strategy, however, introduced the Market Basket Measure (MBM) as our Official Poverty Line. Unsurprisingly, this switch is investment in calculation instead of investing in the poor people themselves, and the new Official Line is lower than LIM, which means that magically there is now less poverty in Canada.
Low Income Measures
LIM 2015
Statscan Dimensions of Poverty Hub
An update on the Market Basket Measure comprehensive review



CAN THOSE ON SOCIAL ASSISTANCE IN ONTARIO REACH POVERTY LINE?
- "poor numbers"
- even when working, OW recipients never reach the poverty line
- even when working, ODSP recipients never reach the poverty line


minimal actions