Ont. PCs would merge welfare, disability programs

Antonella Artuso, Queen's Park Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 6:55 PM ET

TORONTO - An Ontario PC government would combine welfare and disability support programs and direct municipalities to deliver both services.

Leader Tim Hudak said his party will deliver its latest policy white paper, Welfare to Work, Thursday to put ideas forward to make the current system more efficient and less rule bound.

“We want to merge the two programs — the Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program — into one streamlined program focused not on 800 different rules and 250 different criteria but on moving people into the workplace,” Hudak said Wednesday.

The recommendation to blend programs was included in economist Don Drummond’s 2012 Commission on the Reform of Ontario’s Public Services, and supported in the report Brighter Prospects: Transforming Social Assistance in Ontario, by Frances Lankin and Munir A. Sheikh, released late last year.


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