Harris Government celebrates 600,000 people moving off welfare

Archived Release

Harris Government celebrates 600,000 people moving off welfare

Ministry of Community and Social Services

QUEEN'S PARK, Oct. 26 /CNW/ - Community and Social Services Minister John Baird announced today that the Harris government has helped 601,544 people move off welfare since June 1995, many to paid employment. Of this total, 7,683 people left the welfare rolls between July and September 2001.
"This is a significant milestone in Ontario's history," said Baird. "So many families have turned their lives around, that it would take full attendance at the Air Canada Centre for 32 hockey games to match the number of people who have escaped welfare dependency since we first took office."
Under Ontario Works, the government's mandatory workfare program, welfare recipients are upgrading their education, taking advantage of job training programs, gaining work experience through community and private sector placements, and participating in the Learning, Earning and Parenting (LEAP) program for teen parents.
"Our welfare reforms have been successful because of the skilled and dedicated caseworkers on the front lines," said Baird. "We have come a long way, but we must not forget those who remain on welfare. More clearly needs to be done, and we are stepping up our efforts to help everyone break down barriers to employment."
On October 1, the government began mandatory literacy testing and training in three Ontario communities, including Peterborough, Algoma, and Prince Edward, Lennox and Addington. Between now and April 1, 2002, the program will be phased-in right across the province.
Mandatory drug treatment will be phased-in throughout the province starting early next year.

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Table 1

ONTARIO'S WELFARE CASELOAD AND BENEFICIARIES,
BY FAMILY STRUCTURE AND CHANGE OVER THE PREVIOUS QUARTER

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JUNE SEPTEMBER DECEMBER MARCH JUNE SEPTEMBER
1998 1998 1998 1999 1999 1999
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Family
Structure

Single:
Cases 128,300 118,300 111,200 115,400 109,400 102,300
Beneficiaries 128,300 118,300 111,200 115,400 109,400 102,300

Couple:
Cases 50,200 46,400 43,500 44,100 41,400 37,900
Beneficiaries 190,100 176,200 166,400 167,500 156,800 142,800

Sole Support
Parent:
Cases 152,555 146,211 137,134 130,982 129,150 121,754
Beneficiaries 414,840 398,335 376,410 359,098 353,121 334,140

Total Welfare:
Cases 331,055 310,911 291,834 290,482 279,950 261,954
Beneficiaries 733,240 692,835 654,010 641,998 619,321 579,240
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DECEMBER MARCH JUNE SEPTEMBER DECEMBER MARCH
1999 2000 2000 2000 2000 2001
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Family
Structure

Single:
Cases 98,000 99,600 92,400 86,000 85,704 87,804
Beneficiaries 98,000 99,600 92,400 86,000 85,704 87,804

Couple:
Cases 35,700 35,000 32,100 29,200 27,272 27,071
Beneficiaries 135,400 131,600 120,900 109,100 103,836 103,271

Sole Support
Parent:
Cases 114,566 109,910 105,815 99,984 89,899 87,726
Beneficiaries 314,152 300,250 289,261 271,859 253,081 246,489

Total Welfare:
Cases 248,266 244,510 230,315 215,184 202,875 202,601
Beneficiaries 547,552 531,450 502,561 466,959 442,621 437,564
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JUNE SEPTEMBER CHANGE OVER
2001 2001 JUNE 2001
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Family
Structure

Single:
Cases 84,329 83,171 (1,158) -1.4%
Beneficiaries 84,329 83,171 (1,158) -1.4%

Couple:
Cases 25,710 25,437 (273) -1.1%
Beneficiaries 98,182 97,756 (426) -0.4%

Sole Support
Parent:
Cases 85,490 83,309 (2,181) -2.6%
Beneficiaries 240,104 234,005 (6,099) -2.5%

Total Welfare:
Cases 195,529 191,917 (3,612) -1.8%
Beneficiaries 422,615 414,932 (7,683) -1.8%
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Notes:
- Cases refer to single individuals and family heads on social
assistance (e.g. a family of five is counted as one case).
- Beneficiaries refer to the number of single individuals and family
heads on social assistance, as well as their dependents (i.e. spouses
and children).
- Ontario Works (OW) was proclaimed on May 1, 1998 and replaces the
General Welfare Act (GWA).
- OW data are estimates and may be subject to revision.
- Data for the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), the new
income and employment support program for people with disabilities,
are available upon request.
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Table 2

CUMULATIVE DECLINE, SINCE JUNE 1998, IN ONTARIO'S
WELFARE CASELOAD AND BENEFICIARIES

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SEPTEMBER DECEMBER MARCH JUNE SEPTEMBER
1998 1998 1999 1999 1999
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Family Structure

Single:
Cases (10,000) (17,100) (12,900) (18,900) (26,000)
Beneficiaries (10,000) (17,100) (12,900) (18,900) (26,000)

Couple:
Cases (3,800) (6,700) (6,100) (8,800) (12,300)
Beneficiaries (13,900) (23,700) (22,600) (33,300) (47,300)

Sole Support Parent:
Cases (6,344) (15,421) (21,573) (23,405) (30,801)
Beneficiaries (16,505) (38,430) (55,742) (61,719) (80,700)

Total Welfare:
Cases (20,144) (39,221) (40,573) (51,105) (69,101)
Beneficiaries (40,405) (79,230) (91,242) (113,919) (154,000)
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DECEMBER MARCH JUNE SEPTEMBER DECEMBER
1999 2000 2000 2000 2000
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Family Structure

Single:
Cases (30,300) (28,700) (35,900) (42,300) (42,596)
Beneficiaries (30,300) (28,700) (35,900) (42,300) (42,596)

Couple:
Cases (14,500) (15,200) (18,100) (21,000) (22,928)
Beneficiaries (54,700) (58,500) (69,200) (81,000) (86,264)

Sole Support Parent:
Cases (37,989) (42,645) (46,740) (52,571) (62,656)
Beneficiaries (100,688) (114,590) (125,579) (142,981) (161,759)

Total Welfare:
Cases (82,789) (86,545) (100,740) (115,871) (128,180)
Beneficiaries (185,688) (201,790) (230,679) (266,281) (290,619)
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MARCH JUNE SEPTEMBER
2001 2001 2001
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Family Structure

Single:
Cases (40,496) (43,971) (45,129)
Beneficiaries (40,496) (43,971) (45,129)

Couple:
Cases (23,129) (24,490) (24,763)
Beneficiaries (86,829) (91,918) (92,344)

Sole Support Parent:
Cases (64,829) (67,065) (69,246)
Beneficiaries (168,351) (174,736) (180,835)

Total Welfare:
Cases (128,454) (135,526) (139,138)
Beneficiaries (295,676) (310,625) (318,308)
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Notes:
- From June 1995 to June 1998, 283,236 people stopped relying on
welfare.
Between June 1998 and September 2001, another 318,308 left welfare,
resulting in a cumulative decline of 601,544 people since June 1995.
- Cases refer to single individuals and family heads on social
assistance (e.g. a family of five is counted as one case).
- Beneficiaries refer to the number of single individuals and family
heads on social assistance, as well as their dependents (i.e. spouses
and children).
- Ontario Works (OW) was proclaimed on May 1, 1998 and replaces the
General Welfare Act (GWA).
- OW data are estimates and may be subject to revision.
- Data for the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), the new
income and employment support program for people with disabilities,
are available upon request.
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For further information: Dan Miles, Minister's Office, (416) 325-5215; Dianne Lone, Ministry of Community and Social Services, (416) 325-5156