January 23, 2014
The Board of Health passed a resolution last night asking the Ontario government to increase minimum wage and social assistance rates. Currently, the rates are too low to cover the costs of living, including the ability to purchase healthy food. Progress has been made in recent years by the Ontario government through the Poverty Reduction Strategy, but more must be done to ensure adequate incomes to support food security.
In 2013, the cost for a family of four to eat healthy for one week in our district was about $193.38, an increase of 2.7% since 2012. When this cost is combined with rent rates and other living expenses, many people do not have enough money to make ends meet. This prevents many Ontario families from raising healthy kids.