Government creates more workfare placements

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Government creates more workfare placements

QUEEN'S PARK, ON, June 18 /CNW/ - The Harris government and its municipal partners created over 69,000 placements as part of Ontario's workfare program, more than double the previous year's total, Community and Social Services Minister John Baird announced today.
"I applaud our municipal partners for creating placement opportunities for people on welfare," said Baird. "They recognize, as we do, that it's important for welfare offices to go beyond providing just a cheque, to helping people get the skills they need to land a job."
The government set a target to have 47,778 welfare participants in an Ontario Works placement last year. Municipalities exceeded that number by over 45 per cent, for a total of 69,692 placements.
Baird also highlighted the leadership of the Ontario Public Service, which last year surpassed its target by 44 per cent and provided 1,077 people on welfare with the opportunity to learn new skills.
"While I'm proud that we exceeded our annual target," Baird said, "I believe we must do more to help others break free and move from welfare to work."
All welfare participants are required to do something for their benefits. Placements are an integral part of the government's workfare, earnfare and learnfare program. They help people on welfare get the skills and experience they need to find and keep a job.
Since the Ontario government began reforming welfare in 1995, more than 586,000 people have escaped from welfare dependency, including 2,094 people who left the welfare system in May 2001.

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WELFARE TO WORK FIVE-POINT ACTION PLAN

The Mike Harris Government's five-point action plan is designed to see that Ontario Works is more responsive to the needs of welfare recipients. It fulfils the Blueprint commitment to help tear down the barriers to employment for recipients and get more people earning and learning their way to new jobs. The five-point plan includes:

1. Doubling placements to provide more people with the opportunity to get
the job-related experience they need to find and keep a job. We
recognize that sometimes the greatest barrier to employment is simply
a lack of workplace experience.
2. Additional supports will be provided for people on welfare who face
significant barriers to getting a job. We will provide $10 million in
funding for new innovative programs to help people with multiple
barriers to employment get a job.
3. Mandatory literacy testing and training to help people on welfare who
can't read and write break through the literacy barrier and get ready
to work. The Government recognizes that literacy is a basic yet
important skill in today's marketplace.
4. Advanced training to give our caseworkers the skills they need to
better help people facing barriers to employment take the steps they
need to move from welfare to work. No matter how complex the needs of
people on welfare, we want to give caseworkers the ability to help
them.
5. Mandatory drug treatment to help people overcome an addiction that is
a barrier to getting a job.

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Ontario Works Placements
By Municipal Delivery Agent, 2000/2001
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People Minimum Percentage
Required Provincial of Minimum
Area Served to Work For Targets Number of Provincial Rewards
Welfare 2000/2001 Placements Target
* 1 * 2 Rank
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Lennox &
Addington, Prince
Edward 996 224 1,044 466% 1 $ 871,000
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Kenora District,
excluding areas
north of 11th
baseline 721 162 713 440% 2 $ 576,500
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Oxford 1,272 286 1,186 415% 3 $ 971,500
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Thunder Bay
District 2,764 622 2,309 371% 4 $1,828,500
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Manitoulin
District,
Sudbury District 767 172 563 327% 5 $ 433,500
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Bruce 623 140 449 321% 6 $ 343,000
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Rainy River
District 246 55 158 287% 7 $ 116,000
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Algoma District 1,070 241 656 272% 8 $ 476,000
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Chatham-Kent 2,093 471 1,217 258% 9 $ 853,000
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Owen Sound, Grey 1,007 226 563 249% 10 $ 399,500
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Northumberland 806 181 442 244% 11 $ 309,500
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Brockville,
Gananoque,
Leeds &
Grenville 2,007 451 1,095 243% 12 $ 748,500
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Sault Ste.
Marie, Prince TWP
and Sault North
Planning Board 3,267 735 1,625 221% 13 $1,070,500
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Parry Sound
District 837 188 415 221% 14 $ 280,500
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Cochrane District 2,719 612 1,322 216% 15 $ 868,000
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Timiskaming
District 614 138 294 213% 16 $ 185,000
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Smith Falls,
Lanark 1,145 258 546 212% 17 $ 358,000
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Muskoka 507 114 237 208% 18 $ 154,500
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Pembroke,
Renfrew 1,268 285 591 207% 19 $ 374,000
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Dufferin 197 44 87 198% 20 $ 54,000
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Stratford,
St. Mary's, Perth 342 77 140 182% 21 $ 78,500
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Belleville,
Quinte West,
Hastings 3,704 833 1,462 176% 22 $ 809,000
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Halton 1,364 307 520 169% 23 $ 298,000
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St. Thomas,
Elgin 1,085 244 389 159% 24 $ 196,500
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Nipissing
District 1,985 447 686 153% 25 $ 345,000
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Prescott &
Russell 1,576 354 543 153% 26 $ 282,000
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Cornwall,
Stormont, Dundas
& Glengarry 3,005 676 1,018 151% 27 $ 520,000
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Peel 7,354 1,655 2,489 150% 28 $1,226,500
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Peterborough,
Peterborough
County 2,931 660 989 150% 29 $ 482,000
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London,
Middlesex 10,163 2,287 3,355 147% 30 $1,599,000
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Toronto 69,343 15,602 22,411 144% 31 $10,204,500
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Barrie,
Orillia,
Simcoe 3,647 820 1,134 138% 32 $ 521,500
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Sudbury 4,869 1,096 1,449 132% 33 $ 615,000
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Brant,
Brantford 1,562 351 454 129% 34 $ 184,500
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York 3,504 788 979 124% 35 $ 365,000
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Ottawa-Carleton 23,182 5,216 6,304 121% 36 $2,341,000
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Durham 5,653 1,272 1,524 120% 37 $ 562,500
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Lambton 2,109 475 555 117% 38 $ 188,000
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Niagara 6,732 1,515 1,683 111% 39 $ 515,000
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Haliburton,
Victoria 1,634 368 399 108% 40 $ 118,000
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Huron 498 112 121 108% 41 $ 40,000
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Guelph,
Wellington 1,166 262 282 108% 42 $ 80,500
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Waterloo 7,447 1,676 1,773 106% 43 $ 480,500
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Kingston,
Frontenac 3,984 896 828 92% 44
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Windsor, Essex 5,332 1,200 885 74% 45
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Haldimand-Norfolk 940 212 137 65% 46
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Hamilton-
Wentworth 12,321 2,772 1,671 60% 47
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TOTAL 212,358 47,778 69,692 146% $ 33,323,500
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NOTES :
* 1) People Required to Work For Welfare is the Caseload with Mandatory
Requirements (Average October - December 1999)
* 2) Minimum Provincial Target 2000/2001 is 22.5% of Caseload with
Mandatory requirements

Ontario's Welfare Caseload Decline
by Municipal Delivery Agent, May 2001

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Change over
Area Served Welfare Welfare June 1995
Cases Cases ---------------
Jun-95 May-01 Cases %
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1 Dufferin 1,202 201 -1,001 -83.3%
2 Halton 5,605 1,074 -4,531 -80.8%
3 Muskoka 2,014 499 -1,515 -75.2%
4 Northumberland 2,587 658 -1,929 -74.6%
5 Algoma District 3,096 792 -2,304 -74.4%
6 Guelph, Wellington 4,377 1,218 -3,159 -72.2%
7 Durham 18,245 5,426 -12,819 -70.3%
8 Peel 22,515 6,706 -15,809 -70.2%
9 York 10,751 3,276 -7,475 -69.5%
10 Barrie, Orillia, Simcoe 11,700 3,668 -8,032 -68.6%
11 Stratford, St. Mary's, Perth 1,324 420 -904 -68.3%
12 Parry Sound District 1,917 618 -1,299 -67.8%
13 Bruce 1,777 573 -1,204 -67.8%
14 Huron 1,227 403 -824 -67.2%
15 Brant, Brantford 5,354 1,818 -3,536 -66.0%
16 Owen Sound, Grey 3,004 1,023 -1,981 -65.9%
17 Haldimand-Norfolk 2,859 980 -1,879 -65.7%
18 Niagara 20,038 6,974 -13,064 -65.2%
19 Lennox and Addington, Prince
Edward 2,621 917 -1,704 -65.0%
20 Prescott and Russell 3,346 1,172 -2,174 -65.0%
21 Pembroke, Renfrew 3,294 1,168 -2,126 -64.5%
22 Smith Falls, Lanark 2,390 849 -1,541 -64.5%
23 Oxford 3,435 1,232 -2,203 -64.1%
24 Rainy River District 636 245 -391 -61.5%
25 Peterborough, Peterborough County 7,245 2,828 -4,417 -61.0%
26 Waterloo 17,901 7,076 -10,825 -60.5%
27 Lambton 5,098 2,029 -3,069 -60.2%
28 Ottawa-Carleton 44,559 18,056 -26,503 -59.5%
29 Sudbury 11,321 4,675 -6,646 -58.7%
30 Toronto 149,196 61,623 -87,573 -58.7%
31 Cornwall, Stormont, Dundas and
Glengarry 5,991 2,492 -3,499 -58.4%
32 Haliburton, Victoria 3,573 1,493 -2,080 -58.2%
33 Manitoulin District, Sudbury
District 1,448 608 -840 -58.0%
34 London, Middlesex 21,097 8,867 -12,230 -58.0%
35 Sault Ste. Marie, Prince TWP and
Sault North Planning Board 6,425 2,717 -3,708 -57.7%
36 Brockville, Gananoque, Leeds
and Grenville 3,843 1,666 -2,177 -56.6%
37 Timiskaming District 1,556 680 -876 -56.3%
38 Belleville, Quinte West, Hastings 7,801 3,468 -4,333 -55.5%
39 Thunder Bay District 6,628 2,958 -3,670 -55.4%
40 St. Thomas, Elgin 2,486 1,147 -1,339 -53.9%
41 Nipissing District 4,690 2,193 -2,497 -53.2%
42 Windsor, Essex 12,890 6,197 -6,693 -51.9%
43 Chatham-Kent 4,928 2,370 -2,558 -51.9%
44 Hamilton-Wentworth 23,868 11,530 -12,338 -51.7%
45 Kingston, Frontenac 7,940 3,899 -4,041 -50.9%
46 Cochrane District 4,203 2,277 -1,926 -45.8%
47 Kenora District, excluding areas
north of 11th Baseline 1,341 776 -565 -42.1%
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Source: Ministry of Community and Social Services
Note:
- Ontario's overall welfare caseload (OW) decline from June 1995 to May
2001 is 59.9%.
- Data do not include the First Nations.

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For further information: Contacts: Dan Miles, Minister's Office, (416) 325-5215; Dianne Lone, Ministry of Community and Social Services, (416) 325-5156