Increasing Income through Filing Your Taxes

The Income Security Action Group of the Bruce Grey Poverty Task Force encourages everyone to file a tax return. For modest and low income Canadians, filing a tax return helps increase the number of benefits they can collect and may result in an increase in their income. Many Canadians have no idea they would get … Continue reading Increasing Income through Filing Your Taxes

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Housing is a Human Right

Canada has adopted a Rights-Based approach to its first-ever National Housing Strategy on November 22nd, 2017.  They have announced their new strategy with a $41 billion budget over the next 10 years. In addition to existing programs,  what is new? $15.9 billion for a National Housing Co-investment Fund  $4.7 billion in financial contributions and $11.2 … Continue reading Housing is a Human Right

Dobbyn happy with long-term energy plan

The head of the local United Way says there's good news for low-income families in the provincial Liberal government's Long-Term Energy Plan. The Bruce Grey Poverty Task Force also submitted suggestions for the energy blueprint in October 2016. Denis Langlois of the Sun Times Owen Sound wrote the following article on Friday, October 27th regarding the … Continue reading Dobbyn happy with long-term energy plan

Equity and Inclusion: Community Voices engage with City of Owen Sound Council

Two Graduates of the Getting Ahead program and Communty Voices members, Renee Schlonies and Tanya Butt asked the City of Owen Sound Council to consider the views of people on low income when making their decisions. The Community Voices co-chairs provided a snapshot of poverty in Owen Sound. Recent political and economic conditions have contributed … Continue reading Equity and Inclusion: Community Voices engage with City of Owen Sound Council

OFFICIAL SUBMISSION: A FOOD POLICY FOR CANADA

In response to a call from the Government of Canada's A Food Policy for Canada, the Food Security Action Group of the Poverty Task Force has provided an official submission to inform the national Food Policy. The PTF’s submission on  A Food Policy for Canada_2017  is available here: Canadian Food Policy PTF Response_30 Aug 2017 Individuals, … Continue reading OFFICIAL SUBMISSION: A FOOD POLICY FOR CANADA

Losing Ground – Income Inequality in Ontario

A new analysis by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) - Losing Ground Income Inequality in Ontario, 2000-15  describes an increasingly "polarized" Ontario labour market that is shifting away from stable manufacturing jobs to more precarious service sector work and rewarding higher-earning families while punishing poorer ones. The report  examines 15 years of income inequality for families … Continue reading Losing Ground – Income Inequality in Ontario

Fighting poverty with food security

  Public Health Dietician Laura Needham (left) and Jill Umbach, Planning Network Coordinator with Bruce Grey Poverty Task Force, discussed food security issues with Saugeen Shores councillors at their July 24 meeting. Councillors were asked to consider endorsing a Bruce Grey Food Charter to create a just, sustainable and secure food system.   SAU - The statistic … Continue reading Fighting poverty with food security

Grey Bruce Online Food Map is Launched; Targets Hunger and Waste Reduction

The Food Security Action Group (FSAG) has launched a Bruce Grey Food Assets Map. The map will help to connect organizations and businesses looking to build better food security throughout the region. Currently, the Food Assets Map includes programs and initiatives like community gardens, community meals, food banks, food education, good food boxes, meal delivery … Continue reading Grey Bruce Online Food Map is Launched; Targets Hunger and Waste Reduction

Ontario Releases Basic Income Consultation Feedback

Province Moving Forward with Pilot Program in 2017 March 16, 2017 9:30 A.M. Ministry of Community and Social Services Ontario is releasing a report that summarizes the feedback gathered from thousands of people across the province on how to design and deliver a basic income pilot. Basic income is a payment to eligible families or individuals that … Continue reading Ontario Releases Basic Income Consultation Feedback