Campaign 2000 releases the New Report Card on Child & Family Poverty in Canada

Nov 24 2011

November 2011 marks 22 years since the House of Commons adopted an all-party resolution to end child poverty in Canada. On Nov. 23-24, Campaign 2000 will release its 20th National Report Card on Child/Family Poverty at two separate events in Toronto and Ottawa. Read Revisiting Family Security in Insecure Times (2011 Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Canada) (PDF)

OW and ODSP Rates Increase

Nov 22 2011

The 2011-12 provincial budget increased OW and ODSP rates by 1%. The Income Security Advocacy Centre fact sheet shows the new basic needs and maximum shelter amounts for selected family sizes and types. These new amounts go into effect in November and December 2011. See FACT SHEET: Social Assistance Rates

How inclusive is the Ontario Social Assistance Review?

Nov 15 2011

Working group members of the Livable and Inclusive Communities Project wanted to answer this question. They put together a unique document that evaluates the methods used by the Commission to gather public input. The report is posted on the Commission’s website: Social Planning Council of Kitchener Waterloo - Canadian Centre on Disability Studies (PDF)

UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Nov 3 2011

The Social Planning Council of Kitchener Waterloo and community partners have planned an exciting event to commemorate the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3, 2011. Our theme is Aging with and into Disability: Leading the Way to Inclusive Community Planning and Development. We invite you to attend a celebration of people aging with and into disability as valuable contributors to our community. Download the poster and the agenda.

Positions Available

Oct 17 2011

The Social Planning Council of Kitchener-Waterloo is seeking project workers to assist with achieving the objectives of ConnectKW, a network of public internet access sites across K-W. Project Workers will provide technology training through regular visits to community sites across the city, and through small group workshops which they will develop and facilitate.

Social Assistance Review Commission Consultation

Sep 19 2011

On Tuesday August 9th, the Social Planning Council of Kitchener-Waterloo and partners in K-W Poverty Free Action Group hosted a forum to allow members of the Kitchener-Waterloo community to discuss and give input to the Social Assistance Review Commission consultation.

Questions for candidates about social assistance (OW and ODSP) and poverty

Sep 19 2011

The ODSP Action Coalition, The Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC) and the Steering Committee on Social Assistance have prepared questions for people to use to talk to their candidates about social assistance (OW and ODSP) and poverty issues during the election. They also describe changes at Elections Ontario that will be of benefit to people with disabilities. Read more

Kitchener-Conestoga All-Candidates Sessions

Sep 14 2011

The All-Candidates Sessions organized by the Social Planning Council of Kitchener-Waterloo for the Kitchener-Conestoga riding have been canceled due to low candidate response. The dates were to have been Wednesday, September 14 at Breslau Community Centre and Sunday, September 18 at Doon Pioneer Park Community Centre. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Social Assistance Review August 9, 2011

Aug 4 2011

The Social Planning Council Kitchener-Waterloo and the KW Poverty Free Action Group invite all interested community members to attend a local session to give input into the Ontario Social Assistance review. Download the poster (PDF)

Self-Advocacy for Adults with Disabilities

Jul 27 2011

Be assertive. Know your rights. Communicate effectively. The Disabilities and Human Rights Group of Kitchener-Waterloo is pleased to host a workshop presented by Paula Saunders and Dan Lajoie from the Independent Living Centre of Waterloo Region. Plan to join us on Wednesday, August 3 at the Ray of Hope Community Centre. For more information or to register, call Valerie at 519-579-1096, email, or download the flyer.