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For Immediate Release:
February 23, 2012

Peel Hosts Second Community Forum for Social Assistance Review

BRAMPTON, ON. (Feb. 23, 2012) – The Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario recently released its Discussion Paper 2: Approaches for Reform and What We Heard: A Summary of Disscussion on Social Assistance. Both documents are now available.

Peel’s Poverty Reduction Strategy Committee is hosting a second Community Forum on Tuesday, February 28, to discuss both documents and obtain further feedback from local businesses, agencies, stakeholders and those in receipt of social assistance programs. Participants will provide feedback on questions posed in the discussion paper and indicate if any gaps remain.

Feedback from this community consultation will be compiled and submitted to the Commission for its March 16 deadline. The Commission’s final report of recommendations on social assistance in Ontario will be presented to the government in June.

The Community Forum on Tuesday, February 28 will be held from 4:45 to 8:00 p.m. at 10 Peel Centre Dr., Suite B, Brampton. Register by Feb. 27 or call 905-791-7800, ext. 4015. Visit Peel Region Human Services for more information.

Social assistance is a complex system with as many as 800 rules. In the 2008 Poverty Reduction Strategy, the Ontario government committed to reviewing social assistance with a focus on removing barriers and increasing opportunities for people to work. Learn more about the Social Assistance Review.

The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the Town of Caledon. For more information on the Region of Peel, please call 905-791-7800, or visit peelregion.ca.



Lisa DiMenna
Communication Specialist
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, ext. 4519

Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595, e-mail



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