Treaty 3 Grand Chief Francis Kavanaugh says he's looking forward to hearing from Queen's Park, as they prepare a new comprehensive social assistance plan. The minister for children, community and social services, Lisa McLeod, says it'll be announced within 100 days.
The grand chief notes food costs are up 6.5 per cent in eight years. However, the province reduced an increase in social assistance rates from 3 to 1.5 per cent.
Ogichidaa Kavanaugh stated, "I would like bring attention to the fact that poverty and health outcomes are linked. Within the Northwest LHIN 14 profile it highlights that people have lower life expectancy, higher mortality rates, higher rates of colorectal cancer, lung cancer, higher rates of ambulatory visits, higher rates of hospitalization for diabetes, heart failure, stroke, and less access to a family doctor.”
The province introduced plans to reform social assistance Friday.
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