The situation that those of us on Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) cannot be understated. It is dire. It is beyond crisis. We have had a below poverty level income for decades, but in the last 4 years it has been made phenomenally worse.
This election, we have been asking all parties to #DoubleODSPNow. We can barely live on the $1169 that a single person gets on ODSP. Every month that inflation increase, we have less money. Fewer groceries we can buy, fewer bills we can pay. And for many, the decision to chose MAID becomes reeler as dealing with pain, disability and poverty can be too much.
UPDATE 5/9/2022: We now have PCs offering 5% increase (while inflation is 5.6% so we are still sliding backwards) , The Green Party lead out of the gate with a plan to immediately increase ODSP 100%. Then the NDP released their platform with a 20% increase in 2022 and studying how to increase it over the next few years. The Liberals announced 20% over 2 years. 10% in 2022 and 10% in 2023.
The stark reality is that anything less than #DoubleODSPNow will keep us in severe poverty.
We need every to get involved and get each and every candidate and party to commit to #DoubleODSPNow. Our lives are literally at stake here.
Keep checking this website for an update on our Election 2022 Campaign Report Card as we keep parties accountable for how they treat people with disabilities.