Why is there so much poverty and/or inequality in this country and how could we reduce it?
1. Large gap between rich and poor
• Gap between rich and poor in Ontario is growing
• The report was prepared by a coalition of 90 labour and community groups who call themselves the Ontario Common
• It reaches the conclusion that job losses, tax changes and reduced spending on social programs are all contributing to
Ontario's growing income disparity.
2. What is wrong?
• Not enough involvement from the government
• Lack of unions
• Lack of social assistance
• Lack of support for immigrants
• Spend less money on social programs and services
• Government doesn’t want to spend the money
o Who does the government listen to?
o CCE Canadian Chief Executives
3. How can we reduce Inequality?
• They could increase minimum wage for low skilled workers
• They should have more social programs e.g. child care
• Make the rich pay higher taxes
• We should strengthen the economy by raising the incomes of poor families who tend to spend any
extra income they have in the local economy
• Strong unions and social movements to advocate for working people and a government that will champion the interests
of working people first • Working together they can achieve good jobs, strong safety net, affordable housing, universal child care and free
university, prepare unemployed for better jobs, and a fair tax system
• Access to education=most important public policy goal
• Investments in training is important
4. Middle Class
• Author Natalie Mehra says it's not just the poor that are feeling the pain in Canada's largest province — the middle class
has seen its earning power stagnate or drop.
• "Those parts of the middle class that have gained, have gained very, very little. Just a tiny $1,000, or so, over an entire
generation. What's really happened is that the top 10 per cent have galloped away with the bounty of the last couple of
decades of economic growth," she said.
• Mehra says Ontario has one of the longest wait lists in the country for subsidized housing and the lowest per capita
spending on public programs in the country.
5. Ontario’s Economy
• "Provinces with much smaller economies are doing much better in funding the programs and services that everybody
needs," she said.
• The groups behind the report say it's time to address how much Ontario has fallen behind other provinces and take
steps to correct it.
• The reports suggests restoring corporate tax rates to 2009 levels,