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The SSWCC is encouraging CUPE members to speak up on important social services issues in the government’s online budget consultation. The new site lets us all share our priorities and the vision we have for public services in our province.
Go to https://talk.ontario.ca/home to give existing proposals your thumbs-up or thumbs-down (search by keywords); sign up to share your own proposal or comments; or send your own personal e-mail to the Premier.
Here’s a reminder of CUPE’s proposals for social services from the recent pre-budget consultations. Please feel free to use them to create your own proposal, vote on an issue or leave a comment:
- $300 million additional childcare fund (annualized) is needed now to address immediate crises such as cuts to 18 municipalities through changes to the funding formula, centre viability, municipal subsidy waiting lists, family child care agency funding; index overall funding to inflation.
- $1.2 billion extra per year to eliminate the waitlist of 12,000 individuals with developmental disabilities who are without residential spaces.
- A 55 per cent increase in social assistance rates is required to provide adequate support to the province’s most vulnerable people and finally reverse the Mike Harris / PC cuts from the mid-1990s.
- The estimated funding gap is now over $50 million per year to make it possible for Children’s Aid Society agencies to meet their legislative mandate to protect children. Ontario families need an end to the layoffs, case load increases and cuts to the very programs designed to keep families together.
- A 5% increase to the operational funding for Ontario’s women’s shelters and transition homes that provide safety for women and children fleeing violence.
- The gender wage gap in Ontario is 26% for full–time, full–year workers. This means that for every $1.00 earned by a male worker, a female worker earns 74 cents. The province needs to dedicate a significant sum of money to close the gender wage gap.