ONTARIO GOVERNMENT MAKES DISTINCTIONS BETWEEN THE WORTHY AND UNWORTHY POOR
by Reuel S. Amdur
There are two programs of social assistance in Ontario: Ontario Works (municipal) and the Ontario Disability Support Program (provincial). These used to be known as General Welfare and Family Benefits, until the Harris government’s "Common Sense Revolution". When I first came to Canada and Ontario in 1969, the rates paid under the two programs were almost the same. The small difference in dollars were the result of differently defined components of the payments; components that did not correspond to one another.