September 28, 2018
Social assistance is often where people end up after they have exhausted all of their resources and have nowhere else to turn. There is widespread agreement that the current system is inefficient, that money is wasted on monitoring recipients and enforcing a multitude of rules that seem to serve no purpose except to make life difficult for those who are already struggling. Eligibility requirements are tough and once on the system, people often become trapped. The system is not designed to help recipients tackle their barriers to employment. As a result, transitioning off social assistance for employment can be difficult, leaving few avenues for people to break the cycle of poverty. The current system makes little sense if the goal is to help people become more self-sufficient. Furthermore, existing social assistance programs provide little support to the working poor or those trapped in precarious employment.