Accessing Income Support in the wake of COVID-19 (Updated March 26)
This document lists several income support programs that may be available to Ontario residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. This information is changing rapidly and we recommend that you check with the relevant government’s website for updated information.
The living wage is a locally calculated, hourly wage that reflects the cost for employees to meet their basic needs. The calculation is provided by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (Ontario Office). It is not the same as the provincially mandated minimum wage, which is currently set at $11.40 an hour. This rate of pay is not enough to support individuals and families in making ends meet.
The Poverty Reduction Strategy was formulated to develop community-specific recommendations for immediate, medium, and long-term community poverty reduction. Since its inception in 2013, the Poverty Reduction Strategy committee has worked diligently to ensure that the goals and recommendations of the Strategy are being met.