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Ontario’s Backslide into Widening Inequality- A Report of the Ontario Common Front (2012)

Ontario’s Backslide into Widening Inequality- A Report of the Ontario Common Front (2012)

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Ontario's income gap between the richest and poorest families is now at levels not seen since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Fifteen per cent of Ontario's children live below the Low Income Measure, according to Statistics Canada.
Ontario's income gap between the richest and poorest families is now at levels not seen since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Fifteen per cent of Ontario's children live below the Low Income Measure, according to Statistics Canada.

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Ontario’s Backslide into Widening Inequality,Growing Poverty and Cuts to Social Programs
ONTARIO COMMON FRONT
››››››››
 AUG 29
2012
 A REPORT OF THE
 
The Ontario Common Front brings togetherorganizations, groups and individuals acrossOntario that are working to expose growinginequality and propose workable solutionsto fix it.Our mandate is to:
• Support local campaigns with provincial
coordination and resources;
• Garner media attention in local commun-ities through high-lighting the negativefall-out of cuts to jobs and social progams,
while also providing alternatives; and
• Move the Ontario government to adopt
legislation and policies that create greater
economic and social justice for everyone.
This report has been written for the Ontario
Common Front by Natalie Mehra, Director of
the Ontario Health Coalition. We aregrateful for the help of the many individualsand organizations whose work we cited,as well as those who provided valuable editsand input.Ontario Common Front416.441.2731 or 1.800.668.9138info@weareontario.ca
15 Gervais Dr., Ste. 202Toronto, Ontario M3C 1Y8
www.
WeAreOntario
.ca
 
Falling Behind
2012
 
3
 
Contents
 I.
 
Summary page 5
 
Ontario’s Backslide by the Numbers
page 8II.
 
Budget Measures page 9
 
“Austerity” in the Context of Soaring Inequality
 
page 11
 III.
 
Income Inequality and Poverty page 13
 
Disproportionate Impacts of Income Inequality page 19
 Women and the Income Gap page 19The Racialization of Poverty page 20Unfair Shares: Aboriginal People, Unemployment and Poverty page 21Economic Insecurity Among Seniors page 22Child Poverty page 22 
Housing and Homelessness
 
page 25
 
Food Security
 
page 27
 
The Social Determinants of Health
 
page 28
Racialized Health Disparities page 28IV.
 
The Squeeze on Social Programs
 
page 29
 Health Care: Burgeoning Unmet Needs page 30Downloading the Cost of Education Onto Families page 31Community Services Overwhelmed page 37Cuts to Youth Programs page 38Cuts to Social Assistance and Disability Support Programs page 39The Erosion of Unemployment Insurance Protection page 41V.
 
The Race to the Bottom: Tax Cuts and Inequality 
page 43
 VI.
 
Conclusion and Recommendations
page 47
 

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