John Stapleton worked for the Ontario government in the Ministry of Community and Social Services for 28 years in social assistance policy. He is an Innovation Fellow with the Metcalf Foundation and sits on the federal advisory committee on poverty reduction. He is a member of the Council on Aging of Ottawa’s Expert Panel on Income Security.

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Ontario’s “welfare diet” in 2018

In 1995, the Ontario Progressive Conservative government under Mike Harris cut welfare rates by 21.6 percent. David Tsubouchi, then minister of community and social services, was in charge of implementing the cuts. As “only one small …

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