Media Release: Help available to file tax returns

February 22, 2018 The Bruce Grey Poverty Task Force and Grey Bruce Health Unit encourage everyone to file a tax return, especially those with low or modest income. Filing a tax return helps identify benefits they can collect and may result in more money back. Getting help with filing tax returns is available throughout Grey … Continue reading Media Release: Help available to file tax returns

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Income Security: A Roadmap for Change

Income Security: A Roadmap for Change Report was released on 2 November 2017.  The government held a public  consultation and they intend to release an “Income Security Strategy for Ontario” early in 2018, using the Roadmap as a guide.  All levels of government including the Federal government are involved in the development of this 10 year plan along … Continue reading Income Security: A Roadmap for Change

Ontario’s Labour Reform: a Bruce Grey Poverty Task Force Update

The Bruce Grey Poverty Task Force supports employment situations that are fair, secure, safe and provide employees with a Living Wage. These are minimum standards necessary in the elimination of poverty.  We have published a Labour Reform Infographic 2018 that summarizes the recent changes and what it means for us locally.  As changes made to Ontario's Employment … Continue reading Ontario’s Labour Reform: a Bruce Grey Poverty Task Force Update

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

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

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

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

Filing a Tax Return could mean More Income

Tax season is here.  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 may actually help increase the number of benefits they can collect and may result in an increase in their income. Many Canadians … Continue reading Filing a Tax Return could mean More Income

Basic Income Pilot Consultations

The Ontario government is launching a pilot project to study how giving people a basic income might reduce poverty and improve health, housing and employment outcomes in Ontario. The Ontario government released a Discussion Paper by Honourable Hugh Segal in June 2016 entitled Finding a Better Way: A Basic Income. The Ontario government has been … Continue reading Basic Income Pilot Consultations