The project generated three products to inform the ongoing review of social assistance in Ontario. These include: a literature review on existing theoretical and empirical evidence from Canadian provinces and internationally on approaches to setting income assistance rates and withdrawal rates; an environmental scan of existing practices; and an options paper comprising a set of alternative future models for setting social assistance rates and withdrawal rates. All three consider the implications of different approaches for work incentives, fairness and adequacy.
Published: December 2015
Capability: Policy Research
Policy Area: Income Security - Social Assistance
Population: Communities and Families - Children - Low-income Populations - Low-skilled Workers - Social Assistance Recipients