Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)

The Income Security Advocacy Centre works with clinics and anti-poverty groups using litigation, policy development, advocacy, and organizing to address income security programs and root causes of poverty (does not give individual service).

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Resources produced by Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)

Webinars produced by Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)

Migrant Workers and Access to Social Benefits in Ontario

June 18, 2015 at 12:30 p.m. ET - This webinar from the Inter-clinic Migrant Workers Working Group is for migrant workers (temporary foreign workers and non-status people), their allies, community organizations and community legal clinics.

Social Assistance in Ontario: What's happened and what's next?

Recorded on September 27, 2018 -  On July 31, 2018, while scrapping the Basic Income pilot, the Ontario government announced that a number of improvements to Ontario Works (OW) and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) would not take place in the Fall of 2018 as scheduled.

"Brighter Prospects": The Commission's Report and Future Direction for Social Assistance Reform

Recorded on December 3, 2012 - In this webinar, Jennefer Laidley of the Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC) provides an understanding of

Income Security Roadmap for Change: What it says, why it matters, and what you can do

Recorded on December 08, 2017 - An important new report called “Income Security: A Roadmap for Change” provides community members, advocates, and decision-makers an important opportunity to push for major new investments and transformation in Ontario’s income security system, including social assistance.

Changes to social assistance: What Was Announced, What It Means, and What’s Next

Recorded on December 6, 2018  - On November 22, 2018, the Ontario government announced a number of changes to Ontario Works (OW) and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).

Basic Income: What is it and what could it mean for social assistance?

Recorded on October 14, 2016 (1 hour and 36 minutes) - The Ontario government is moving forward on creating a basic income pilot program. What is a “basic income”? And what could it mean for people on social assistance?

Basic Income in Ontario: What low-income people, service providers and advocates need to know

Recorded on June 15, 2017 - The Ontario government recently announced the details of its Basic Income Pilot Project, and low-income people living in the test areas will start being signed up soon.In this wide-ranging and accessible webinar, participants will learn: