Disability income expenditures are on the rise in Canada. Of all the disability income programs one — social assistance — is growing faster than the others. This is most pronounced in Ontario where ODSP expenditures increased 44.8% between 2005 and 2010.
The Metcalf Foundation is pleased to announce the publication of: The “Welfareization” of Disability Incomes in Ontario: What are the factors causing this trend? The paper, written by Metcalf Innovation Fellow John Stapleton, provides critical insight into the intricate drivers behind the alarming rise of disability income expenditures.
Stapleton draws on new data and original research to provide an overview of the eight disability income support programs available to Ontarians, including recent changes to eligibility and entitlement. He makes a strong case for the profound effect that changes in the labour market are having on the ability of individuals to qualify and access most disability income programs.
Despite the many punitive aspects of social assistance it does act as a critical safety net. For many people with disabilities ODSP is the only program able to provide the level of financial support and employment incentives they need in order to stabilize their circumstances and find a way to enter or re-enter the workforce.
Stapleton examines regional similarities and differences across the country, illustrates the complexity of our disability support systems and calls for reform through careful consideration of the whole system and all levels of government, private and non-profits sectors.
Metcalf will be launching The “Welfareization” of Disability Incomes in Ontario at a public presentation and panel discussion on Friday, December 13 at 2pm. In addition to John, Metcalf President & CEO Sandy Houston will moderate a panel that includes:
- Mike Creek, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Working for Change;
- Dr. Ellen MacEachen, Senior Scientist at the Institute for Work & Health, University of Toronto.
This is a free event, but please RSVP as space is limited.
If you require additional information please contact:
Inclusive Local Economies Program Director, Adriana Beemans, firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-926-0366 x 224
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