Government Has Decided to Eliminate the Special Diet Allowance Program
On March 25, as part of its 2010 budget, the provincial government announced that it will cancel the Special Diet Allowance Program and replace it with a new program.
The government has said very little at this point about what the new program will be.
Read ISAC's backgrounder about what the government has said and how they are justifying the decision here.
The decision is a cut to welfare rates.
It means that $200 million will come out of the pockets of people on OW and ODSP. For single people with disabilities who get the maximum allowance, this will mean a cut in benefits of up to 20%.
The decision is also equality with a vengeance.
This is because it makes everyone on assistance equal by giving nothing to everyone.
Read ISAC's analysis of what this decision means and how it will affect the people who rely on it to maintain their health.
The decision to end the Special Diet Allowance program increases insecurity for people on social assistance in Ontario.
Read ISAC's response to the 2010 Budget and the decision to end Special Diet.
This decision responds in part to a recent Order by the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, which found that the way the program was providing benefits to three individuals with medical conditions violated the Human Rights Code.
Read more about the Tribunal's decision and ISAC's role in the legal proceedings.