Welfare numbers are an awakening

For Immediate Release:
December 17, 2010

Simcoe – While Mr. McGuinty has been touting supposed gains in job creation, Statistics Canada’s Employment Insurance numbers and Ontario Works Social Assistance numbers prove otherwise.

Since October 2009 there has been a steady growth – unfortunately that growth was in the welfare caseload and number of people whose EI has expired.

In the past three years Ontario has seen a steady increase in the number of new and continuing Ontario Social Assistance (OW) cases. Many of the new cases are likely from people who simply have run out of EI benefits and have been forced to resort to OW.

The numbers do not lie, with more than 246,488 new cases this year claiming social assistance it marks a steady increase since its 2008 low of 195,421. When you ignore facts like welfare claims just to push job numbers up, it is a clear-cut sign of defeat.

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For more information, please contact MPP Toby Barrett at
(519) 428-0446 or (905)-765-8413, 1-800-903-8629