“Our call to ensure the Social Assistance Review takes a gendered equity approach is therefore a call to recognize, understand, and account for the complex realities of the lives of women so that our social assistance systems can more effectively support them in all the roles they perform. We urge the Commission to take a gendered equity perspective to its work in making recommendations on Ontario’s social assistance systems.”

The IFLS has been working with YWCA Toronto, the Income Security Advocacy Centre and a host of other Ontario organizations in a group effort to ensure that the current Social Assistance Review process pays attention to gender.   This week, we sent a letter to the Commissioners, making our case.  You can read the full text of the letter here and read more about the Workshop we hosted here.