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    Human Services Plan

    The Human Services Plan identifies current trends influencing human services in Peel region, ranging from an inadequate and unstable funding regimen, to increasingly complex client needs, and the current economic downturn. It also defines six objectives and describes actions that will be undertaken to achieve them.

    Affordable Housing

    Between 2001 and 2006, Peel was one of three municipalities (along with York and Durham), out of a total of twenty-four FCM QOLRS municipalities, to record an increase in core housing need.
    Position Statement on Affordable Housing (Sept. 2010).

    Early Learning and Child Care

    We support a national vision of early learning and child care founded on quality, universality, accessibility and developmentally appropriate programming.
    Position Statement on Early Learning and Child Care (May 2008).

    *Regional Council Task Force on the Early Learning and Child Care System in Peel (2012)

    Immigration

    We're committed to providing services that meet the needs of residents of diverse backgrounds.
    Position Statement on Immigration (May 2008).

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    Ontario Social Assistance Review

    Ontario's social assistance system has experienced a number of changes since its last major review in the 1980s, resulting in a complex system with as many as 800 rules. In its 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.

    In July 2011 and February 2012, the Peel Poverty Reduction Strategy Committee held a forum to engage community members in a consultation regarding changes to Ontario's Social Assistance review. Two position papers of recommendations were submitted to the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario. The Commission's report of recommendations will be released in June 2012.

    • March 2012: Region of Peel Response to Discussion Paper #2 "Approaches for Reform" (Full Report - PDF, 152 KB, 19 pgs)
    • February 2012: Peel Community Response to Discussion Paper #2 "Approaches for Reform" (Full Report - PDF, 71 KB, 13 pgs)
    • September 2011: Region of Peel Response to Discussion Paper #1 Executive Summary and Full Report (Full Report - PDF, 64 KB, 12 pages)
    Position Statement on Welfare/Labour Market Reform (May 2008) We support Welfare/Labour Market Reforms that enable low income or vulnerable individuals to find meaningful work, that support full participation in the community and the workforce by new immigrants, and that reduce child poverty by ensuring all Peel residents can gain and maintain sustainable work and have an income above the poverty line.

    Poverty in Peel

    Poverty is a serious problem in Peel. In 2006, 15% of Peel's population or 167,000 people were living below the Low Income Cut-off, up from 11.5% or 115,000 in 2001. The Peel Poverty Strategy Committee has been formed in response to this growing problem. It is chaired by the Region of Peel and United Way Peel Region and comprised of a diverse number of agencies, grassroots organizations, stakeholders as well as local governments committed to reducing poverty in the region.

    Portraits of Peel 2011 A comprehensive look at the social and economic challenges within the Peel population.

    Position Statement on Poverty (June 2010) Peel Human Services is committed to collaborating with community groups, businesses, other levels of governments and other municipalities in the planning, design, placement and improvement of innovative services that meet the needs of vulnerable groups and reduce poverty and mitigate its effects.

    Poverty: A Tale of Hardship (June 2008) Presentation to the Ontario Cabinet Committee on Poverty in Ontario.

    Strategic Review of Poverty in Peel (Nov. 2005) Five Regional departments join community agencies and Peel Regional Police to identify poverty prevention as an important priority for the future of the community.

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