Who decides how much is written on the cheque to a recipient of social assistance each month?

A group of anti-poverty advocates want the question to be stripped of its inherent politics and given to a non-partisan, third-party commission to decide.

The campaign from Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction is called Fix the Gap. The group wants to see the rates for social assistance based on evidence of how much it costs to live in Ontario’s cities, like rents, food and utilities.

Hamilton East-Stoney Creek MPP Paul Miller introduced a bill to establish that commission in April. It passed its second reading – unanimously, the group notes – and was heading to be heard again for its final vote this fall.