January 6, 2020
Nearly one-third of Londoners getting off social assistance are finding work, outpacing provincial targets and bringing the caseload to a low that hasn’t been seen in years, 2019 figures show.
The number of people on Ontario Works dropped by about 10 per cent in London last year, with the welfare caseload expected to rest around 10,700 by the end of December. It’s the first time since 2013 that number dipped below 11,000.
City officials say the change is a result of staff working harder to connect people with job skills and work training programs, but one poverty expert warns the numbers don’t tell the full story.