“Faced with the grim stats on poverty in Ontario— including food bank use increasing 28% since 2008, waitlists for affordable housing increasing 25% since 2007, and the poverty rate increasing by 17% since 2007 – the most in Canada – immediate action needs to be taken on this crisis,” said Cheri DiNovo, the NDP labour and housing critic. “Other parties may be happy to sit on their hands, but New Democrats are fighting to protect our most vulnerable Ontarians.”
Ontario use to be a beacon to Canadians. If you couldn't find work, go to Toronto. Go to Thunder Bay. It was the leader. Poverty was low, people had housing, education was good and University was affordable. It all changed in the last 12 years.
Under the Liberals and Dalton McGuinty, poverty has risen, affordable housing has disappeared with tens of thousands of families waiting for affordable and appropriate housing, and not only are the big banks doing more business and getting richer, their cousin, the food bank is doing an ever growing business.
This all has to change if we want to maintain and grow the middle class, to raise people out of poverty, to ensure people have a clean affordable and safe place to live.
The Ontario NDP have a plan. "The NDP have put forward bold measures to ensure that all Ontarians have access to affordable housing, a decent income, and the services they need to succeed,” said Michael Prue, the NDP poverty critic. “Simple yet effective ideas like ours will make a real change for those who need it most.”
Have a look for yourself, its right here.