Send a message to Ontario party leaders: make Ontario poverty free
Your action in support of Make Poverty History during the last Ontario election put poverty on the provincial government agenda. In 2009 all parties voted unanimously for the Poverty Reduction Act.
This election, you can help make sure that poverty remains a key issue. Send a message to the leaders of the Ontario political parties urging them to commit to take action on eliminating poverty.
Thanks to government policy and investments, child poverty in Ontario went from 15.2 per cent to 14.6 per cent between 2008 and 2009. This means 19,000 Ontario children and their families were moved out of poverty – despite the recession's very tough economic times.
Progress has been made. But much more needs to be done. 1.2 million Ontarians still struggle to make ends meet, and poverty costs the province an estimated $38 billion a year in increased expenditures in health care, social assistance and foregone tax revenues. We need to tell party leaders that it's time to take the next step.