ODSP members believe downloading will lead to inconsistent delivery
About 1,000 letters have been sent to Community and
Social Services Minister John Milloy, calling on his government to not
combine the Ontario Disability Support Program with Ontario Works and
download the new program to municipalities
Download letter :
Honourable John Milloy
Minister of Community and Social Services
6th Fl, Hepburn Block, 80 Grosvenor St
Toronto ON M7A 1E9
December 1st, 2012
writing you today as I am very concerned about the recent report that was
released by the Social Assistance Review Commission entitled Brighter
Prospects – Transforming Social Assistance in Ontario.
of all let me clarify that there are some recommendations I agree with in
the proposed Social Assistance reform, for instance with Ontario Works an
increase in rates, asset limits, and improved income exemptions are long
overdue. It should be noted that many of the recommendations made by the
Commission already exist within the ODSP Program.
Unfortunately the report also recommends merging the Ontario Works and the
Ontario Disability Support Program into a new program that would be
administered by the Municipalities. The report also operates from the
premise that disabled ODSP recipients should be required to work as an
eligibility requisite to receive Social Assistance under this new program.
concerns about the accountability of a downloaded program. In particular,
having already laid off the Program Review Officers who monitored OW and
First Nation delivery sites, there is concern that there will not be a
consistent level of service from the municipalities. In addition there is a
lack of transparency as to whom clients would address issues with. The
limited accountability framework suggested by the Commission would only
discover issues that are self reported in annual reports. This is not an
acceptable way to treat the most vulnerable in Ontario.
aware the ODSP Program has recently undergone a major transformation known
as “modernization”. Under this transformation ODSP staff received extensive
training and were refocused on offering a customer centred service. These
changes in service delivery were designed to improve the customer
experience. In addition the ODSP Program integrated Income and Employment
support services to deliver individualized case management that is more
responsive to customer needs. Non-mandatory competitive employment
opportunities for those ODSP recipients who are ready, able and willing to
work has also been very successful. As well the new delivery structure in
ODSP enhances program accountability requirements and improves how ODSP
staff manage the program.
formally evaluating these changes in ODSP the Social Assistance Review
Commission has failed to present a fair and factual report. Based on this I
am urging you not to implement the recommendation to merge the two programs
and allow ODSP to continue on its path of renewal. I look forward to your
written response in this matter.
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