May 13, 2019
Homelessness, hospital, jail and — for some troubled souls — suicide. Those are the bleak outcomes people on social assistance fear as the provincial government plans to change Ontario’s welfare program for the disabled.
“I worry about people like me who become ill and won’t qualify under the new rules,” says Jordan Bond-Gorr, 38, who has HIV. “How will they eat? Pay rent? Heal?”
The former financial services worker is one of 86 Torontonians on social assistance surveyed about the Ford government’s plan to narrow the definition of disability for new applicants to the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).