The provincial budget was passed in Queen’s Park on July 24 by a margin of 56-37. The budget was identical to the one tabled in May, which triggered the June provincial election.
Now with a Liberal majority, the budget was easily passed.
In addition to ear-marking $29-billion for transportation projects across Ontario, there are other factors that could have an impact on people living in poverty.
The Ontario Association of Food Banks has compiled some budget highlights that affect people living in poverty across the province:
- Continuing reforms to the social assistance system, which will improve income supports and reduce barriers to entering the workforce.
- Proposing legislation to index the minimum wage to inflation to help ensure that workers receive a decent wage, after having raised it to $11.00 per hour as of June 1, 2014.
- Enhancing supports for adults with developmental disabilities and front-line workers in the community services sector.
- Increasing the Ontario Child Benefit by proposing to index it to inflation.
- Extending the Ontario Youth Jobs Strategy to give more young people the chance to gain a foothold in the job market.
- Introducing the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan:
- A predictable stream of income, indexed to inflation, which will be paid for life in retirement.
- Mandatory for the more than 3 million Ontarians without a workplace pension plan.
- Return long-term economic benefits to Ontario when payouts help people maintain their standard of living in retirement and continue spending.
What do you think? Will these changes make a difference in your life?
If you have any questions about Budget 2014, please connect with your local MPP.
For Immediate Release: July 23, 2014
MISSISSAUGA: Mississauga residents of all faiths are coming together to fight hunger through Give 30, a fundraising campaign focused on Ramadan. Over $5,000 has been donated to The Mississauga Food Bank since the start of the campaign last month.
Give 30 is designed to motivate people fasting in Ramadan to give a portion of the money they save by skipping meals over the month.
Mississauga resident Mohammed Hashim, who made the first donation to Mississauga’s Give 30 campaign, says fasting builds empathy for people in our community who don’t have enough food.
“When fasting for 17 hours through hunger pains and thirst, how can one ignore our neighbours who go through this every day of their lives?” he says. “Ramadan is a time of charity and is a great reminder of how we need to help our greater community.”
Give 30 was founded in Toronto in 2012 and has since spread to 11 food banks across six provinces. Since it was founded, Give 30 has raised more than $200,000 for Canadian food banks.
“This is the first year Mississauga has been involved with Give 30,” says Chris Hatch, executive director of The Mississauga Food Bank. “The response has been incredible and really speaks to the compassion and generosity of our neighbours in Mississauga.”
Though Ramadan ends on July 27, donations can be made through www.Give30.ca until Sept. 5.
About Give 30: Give 30 runs in Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, Quebec, Mississauga, Ottawa, Vancouver and Winnipeg. Ramadan takes place from June 28 – July 27, 2014.
W: GIVE30.ca ~ FB: /GIVE30 ~ T: @GIVE_30
Ziyaad Mia, Founder Give 30 – 416-303-9535 (cell – call or text)
Pamela Sleightholm, Marketing and Fund Development Coordinator, The Mississauga Food Bank – 905-270-5589 x227
With our move to Universal Drive coming up quickly, we’ve made some changes to our pick-up and delivery schedule to help things move along smoothly.
We ask that food donations be dropped off directly at your nearest fire station or grocery store between July 21 and September 1 – we are unable to pick-up and receive donations at our warehouse during this transition period.
If you’re organizing a summer food drive and have questions, please contact email@example.com. If you represent a member agency and have questions about your schedule, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charity Intelligence recognizes 72 Canadian non-profits for best cost-efficiency, donor accountability and financial transparency
The Mississauga Food Bank is ranked a 4-star charity, the highest rating available, and in the top 15 per cent of Canadian charities. The rating is based on several metrics, including financial transparency and accountability, program costs, fundraising and administrative expenses.
“We know that being financially accountable to our donors is the first step to achieving our goals of feeding Mississauga’s hungry,” says Chris Hatch, executive director of The Mississauga Food Bank. “We rely on generous donors in the community – of both of food and funds – to distribute food for over 229,000 meals each month. We want donors to know that we will use their gifts wisely, to have the maximum impact on hungry children, families and seniors in Mississauga.”
Information about Charity Intelligence’s ratings and methodology is available on its website, www.charityintelligence.ca.
“Charity Intelligence’s research has found charities thatare exceptional. This list of 4-star charities shows Canadians 72 charities that excel in accountability to donors, financial transparency and cost-efficiency. We hope Charity Intelligence’s ratings help donors get accurate, independent information in making important giving decisions”, Kate Bahen, managing director of Charity Intelligence.
About The Mississauga Food Bank
The Mississauga Food Bank serves the entire city of Mississauga. Through its network of member agencies – including neighbourhood food banks, hot meal programs and breakfast clubs – The Mississauga Food Bank distributes food for over 229,000 meals each month.
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The Globe and Mail published a table and article comparing the average cost of homes in Canadian cities to median family income. The results were interesting to say the least. In some cities, like Halifax, Winnipeg and Saskatoon, median earners can afford average homes. But move to Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver and the story changes.
Mississauga data was not included in the story, but we’ve collected it to compare where Mississauga sits:
The average home price in May 2014 was $519,122
5% down = $25,956
Monthly mortgage payment = $2,405
Monthly property tax and heating costs = $453
Total monthly housing costs = $2,858
Minimum annual gross household income needed = $107,200
Estimated median household income = $75,762 (from 2011 data with 2% yearly increase)
Mississauga is in desperate need of more affordable housing, and it doesn’t just affect low-income earners. According to Statistics Canada’s 2011 National Household Survey, 31% of Mississauga’s population spends more than 30% of household income on shelter. The national average is 25%. And if you look only at renters, 42.5% in Mississauga pay more than 30% of their household income on shelter.
An Evening With Gatsby, hosted by Carolyn Parrish, raised nearly $60,000 for The Mississauga Food Bank. That money will be used to provide milk to our clients through 2015!
It was a great evening with excellent company and entertainment. Thank you to everyone involved for making it such a successful event!
We’re so grateful for the support of the Nissan Canada Foundation and its dealers in Mississauga – they have committed to the fight against hunger with food collections, their volunteer hours and generous financial support. Their Summer Food Drive runs until July 31, 2014. Donations can be dropped off at any Mississauga dealership:
Direct Nissan, 2290 Battleford Rd.
Woodchester Nissan, 2580 Motorway Blvd.
401 Dixie Nissan, 5500 Dixie Rd.
Please join our staff and volunteers in the Hazel McCallion Canada Day Parade in Port Credit! Register online.
Happy Canada Day!