May 19, 2024
Able-bodied people shouldn’t be living off social assistance when there are 200,000-plus jobs available in the province, insists Premier Doug Ford.
Ford said the government is prepared to put its resources into helping people find gainful employment.
Ford said the government is prepared to put its resources into helping people find gainful employment.

Able-bodied people shouldn’t be living off social assistance when there are 200,000-plus jobs available in the province, insists Premier Doug Ford.

“We don’t want healthy people sitting at home collecting off the hardworking people of Ontario,” he said Tuesday.

Ford said his government has already gone to Ottawa to discuss boosting economic immigration and was only offered an additional 50 spots.

Meanwhile, there’s record unemployment and a labour shortage in the province, he said.

“Where I’m going with this is if we have healthy people — body and mind — and they’re sitting at home and there’s 200,000 jobs available, I would highly recommend that they go to a Service Ontario (so) we could help them find a job,” Ford said. “Because there are jobs out there right now.”

Within months of taking office in 2018, the Ford government announced it would reform Ontario Works (OW) and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSB) to make the programs “sustainable” into the future. Only 1% of people on OW leave the program for work in any given month and one in five stay on OW for five years or longer.

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