Ontario Helping Lift People Out of Poverty
Province Supporting Innovative Solutions to Housing, Employment, and Skills Development
Toronto, ON – Oct 26, 2016
Ontario is investing in 30 community projects across the province that are supporting new ways to help people break the cycle of poverty, find good jobs and end homelessness in Ontario.
Chris Ballard, Minister of Housing and Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy, was at WoodGreen Community Services in Toronto today to highlight its First Step to Home program, which is receiving support from the province and helps older homeless men with complex needs find stable and independent housing. The Toronto-based community care unit provides affordable housing, life skills training, and supports for mental health and addictions.
Thirty projects are being funded through Ontario’s Local Poverty Reduction Fund. The fund supports innovative, community-led programs that help groups disproportionately affected by poverty get into housing, develop skills and find employment, including women, single parents, people with disabilities, youth, newcomers, visible minorities, seniors and Indigenous Peoples.
Fighting poverty is part of the government’s plan to create jobs, grow our economy, and help to lift people in their everyday lives.
“Ontario is investing in programs that will measurably improve the lives of those most affected by poverty. By harnessing the creativity of local partners, identifying innovative community-driven solutions, and building on evidence-based best practices, we can make strong inroads in tackling poverty.”
Minister of Housing, Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy