A Minister’s Response

Posted on: July 27th, 2011   No Comments

I thank the Ontario Minister of Community and Social Services, Madeleine Meilleur, for her response to my article in the Hamilton Spectator, Not all Children Created Equal.

And while I agree there have been some strides made in the fight against poverty, I still maintain they have come on the backs of the most vulnerable children in the province.  Increases that are in no way significant do not materially assist anyone.

It is insulting to the intelligence of Ontario citizens to claim there have been no clawbacks whilst implementing a $179 universal child benefit reduction in 2007.  This occurred at the same time as OCB was introduced, in addition to ending back-to-school and winter clothing supplements.

Cheques and statements do not lie.  There are discrepancies in the system based on age and marital status.  Please ask frontline, social workers who daily try to explain it to their clients.

And yes, Minister Meilleur, the poor have been hardest hit by the recession.  In Hamilton, we have more unemployed than adequate jobs available.  I ask that you reinstate the $179 per child so that the additional benefit is in truth received in full. Please end this barbaric practice.

To others that may feel so inclined, please respectfully contact the following people to let them know how you feel about this practice and your response to the Minister’s claims:

Hon. Madeleine Meilleur
Ministry of Community and Social Services
6th Floor, Hepburn Block
80 Grosvenor Street
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1E9
Tel 416-325-5225
Fax 416-325-5191


If you reside in Hamilton, you can find your local MPP here.

If you reside outside of Hamilton you can find your local MPP’s contact information on the Legislature site.

There is currently a Social Assistance Review underway in Ontario. They are currently accepting comments here.

You may also wish to consider:

Hon. Laurel Broten MPP for Etobicoke-Lakeshore, Ontario’s Minister of Children and Youth Services and Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues.

You may contact the Minister at:

Ministry of Children and Youth Services
14th Floor
56 Wellesley Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2S3

Tel 416-212-7432
Fax 416-212-7431


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