Ongoing annual increases will be tied to inflation
NORTH BAY, May 9, 2022 – Today, the Ontario PCs announced that, if re-elected, they will increase financial supports provided through the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) by five per cent, the largest increase in more than a decade. If re-elected, the Ontario PCs will also introduce legislation to increase ODSP rates annually, tied to inflation.
“With the cost of living going up, we want to give vulnerable people across Ontario more support so they can pay for life’s essentials,” said Doug Ford. “While the Del Duca-Wynne Liberals froze ODSP rates, we’re going to increase them every year tied to inflation.”
A re-elected PC government will invest $425 million to increase ODSP rates by five per cent, with ongoing funding for annual increases.
This expansion of ODSP will build on other proposed and existing supports for low-income and vulnerable Ontarians. A re-elected PC government will enhance the Low-income Individuals and Families Tax (LIFT) Credit to put more money back in the pockets of 1.7 million people. The PC government also invested more than $1 billion in the Social Services Relief Fund and expanded access to temporary emergency assistance for those in financial crisis. Emergency shelters, food banks, charities, non-profits and emergency services have accessed this fund to help cope with growing demand and extraordinary circumstances.
“The other parties would rather talk about rising costs than deliver real relief,” added Ford. “Instead of talk, the Ontario PCs are putting a few extra dollars back in their pockets.”
Doug Ford is the only leader with a real plan:
- Rebuilding Ontario’s economy with good manufacturing jobs, more support for small business and a mining plan that will finally open up the Ring of Fire.
- Working for workers by encouraging apprenticeships and opening up jobs in the skilled trades, allowing colleges to grant three-year degrees and increasing the minimum wage.
- Building highways and infrastructure, including Highway 413, the Bradford Bypass while investing in the 401 East
- Keeping costs down by lowering gas taxes, getting rid of license plate stickers and removing unfair tolls on Highways 412 and 418.
- Plan to stay open by hiring more nurses, doctors and personal support workers, allowing more seniors to stay in their own homes and producing more vaccines and critical supplies like PPE right here in Ontario.
Only Doug Ford will Get it Done.