Rima Berns‑McGown MPP, Beaches–East York

Government of Ontario

VIDEO: Rima on Cuts to the Poverty Reduction Strategy Office

Published on May 14, 2019

Last week, it was revealed in the Government's budget estimates that they will be slashing funding to the Poverty Reduction Strategy Office in half.

Today in Question Period, I asked the Government to explain how they can claim that they are looking out for Ontario's most vulnerable when they cut funding that would help pull so many people out of needless suffering.

You can reduce poverty if you don't understand how poverty works, or the systemic barriers that perpetuate it.

With no plan or commitment in place, the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services again touted back empty words and insisted that "the best social assistance is a job".

I let the Minister know that I'm not buying that lie.


Published May 14

Ford drags Ontario backwards in fight to end poverty: NDP MPP

QUEEN’S PARK — Rima Berns-McGown, Ontario NDP critic for Poverty and Homelessness, said Doug Ford is dragging Ontario backwards in the fight to end poverty and homelessness with cruel cuts that will hurt some of the province’s most vulnerable people.  

The Ford Conservatives have slashed a shocking $7.5 million from the Poverty Reduction Strategy Office’s budget, half its funding.

“It’s cruel for Doug Ford to make such a deep cut to an office that helps some of the province’s most vulnerable people,” said Berns-McGown. “This cruel cut also signals that reducing poverty and ending homelessness are not priorities for the Ford Conservatives.

“Instead of redoubling efforts to break the cycle of poverty and end chronic homelessness, Doug Ford is making things so much worse for vulnerable people in this province.

“Part of building a stronger, more caring Ontario is having a strong plan in action to tackle poverty and homelessness,” said Berns-McGown. “We should be doing more to end homelessness and help people break the cycle of poverty, not less.”