Helping Families In Need
Ontario is doing more to support low-income families facing challenging economic times.
The McGuinty government is planning to increase its investment in social and affordable housing to create short-term jobs in construction and renovation while improving the lives of people of low-income families.
Working with the federal government, Ontario would renovate 50,000 social housing units and build 4,500 new affordable housing units through a joint investment of $1.2 billion. Ontario's portion of the investment over the next two years includes:
- $352 million to repair social housing units and make them more energy efficient
- $185 million to create new affordable housing for low-income seniors and persons with disabilities
- $87.5 million to extend the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program.
The government is proposing to increase the Ontario Child Benefit from $600 to a maximum of $1,100 per child per year this July. The Ontario Child Benefit helps 1.3 million children by giving moms and dads monthly support.
- The province is planning to make permanent the $5 million Ontario Rent Bank to help keep low income Ontarians in their homes. Since 2004, the Rent Bank has prevented 15,500 evictions.
- Ottawa has received $2.3 million in Rent Bank funding, which has prevented over 1,300 evictions.
- The funding for renovation and repair will create 23,000 jobs province-wide over the course of the program.
“These major new initiatives are a significant step toward our goal of helping Ontario families right now and reaching our long-term goal of reducing poverty in Ontario.”
“By investing in our families and building affordable housing in the province of Ontario, we are building stronger communities.”