For Immediate Release
May 25, 2001

David Szwarc
Interim Commissioner of Social Services
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, Ext. 4939

Peel Reinvests $1,200,000 Into Low-Income Families

(Brampton) - Peel Regional Council voted to reinvest the $1,200,000 it is expecting to save this year in social assistance deductions to help improve the quality of life for low-income families with children.

The funding, which will be used to fund child care, homelessness prevention and transitional family housing, will be distributed under the National Child Benefit (NCB) program.

The National Child Benefit program was announced in the 1997 Federal Budget as a program intended to assist low-income families with children. A portion of the benefit is considered income and deducted from social assistance payments to Ontario Works in Peel participants. The resultant savings to the municipality are then reinvested into programs that are designed to improve the quality of life for low-income families.

"The 2001 National Child Benefit Reinvestment Strategy allows us to help families in need improve their circumstances and achieve physical, emotional and social well-being," said David Szwarc, Interim Commissioner of Social Services. "The earlier we can intervene and provide support to families with children, the better chance we have at reducing their needs for longer-term and more costly services."

This is one of Peel's latest tactics to improve the well-being of low-income families, and it meets with the National Child Benefit reinvestment objectives, which include:

  1. To help prevent and reduce the depth of child poverty.
  2. To promote attachment to the workforce, resulting in fewer families having to rely on social assistance, by insuring that families will always be better off working.

It is anticipated that these funds will serve 948 children and adults in 2001.


Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
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