December 1, 2010
Ontario continues to make investments through the poverty reduction strategy that are helping low-income families during challenging economic times.
Today, the second annual report of the Breaking the Cycle strategy was released, detailing progress made over the past two years to help children and families hit hardest by the recession and stimulate Ontario’s economic recovery. These include:
These combined investments and initiatives are already making a difference for Ontario families. Because of the steps taken, a single mom with a young child, working full time at minimum wage, now lives above the poverty line.
Ontario’s poverty reduction strategy aims to reduce the number of children living in poverty by 25 per cent over five years, and is part of the Open Ontario plan to break the cycle of poverty.
"We are giving our kids the opportunity to succeed by investing in early years programs and implementing Full-Day Kindergarten. Combined with tax credits, accelerating the Ontario Child Benefit and increasing the minimum wage, the Poverty Reduction Strategy is helping low-income families to break the cycle of poverty.”
- Laurel Broten, Minister of Children and Youth Services
“The introduction of Full-Day Kindergarten, the stabilization of child care funding and the continuing efforts to strengthen early learning programs in Ontario signal that this government understands the tremendous return on investment that is possible when we invest in the early years.”
- Paul Johnson, Chair, Hamilton Best Start Network
“Ontario Campaign 2000 commends the Ontario government for taking leadership by developing a Poverty Reduction Strategy. The recession’s impact on poverty rates would be greater; were it not for steps taken to date by the Ontario government: introducing the Ontario Child Benefit, investing in affordable housing, saving subsidized child care spaces, and bringing in Full-Day Kindergarten.” - Jacquie Maund, Campaign 2000
Julia Goloshchuk, Minister’s Office, 416-212-7159
Peter Spadoni, Ministry of Children and Youth Services, 416-325-5156