From Welfare To Workfare Essay

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From Welfare to Workfare There's an old joke that goes something like... Where do you hide a welfare recipient's cheque, where he'll never find it? Under his work boots. When Mike Harris was campaigning for the Progressive conservative party in 1994 he promised a "common sense revolution". This mixed with the huge unpopularity of Bob Ray's policies, made him a favourite for the upcoming election. With this new "common sense revolution", came Ontario Works, or workfare. (a program designed to help recipients find their cheques) The workfare topic was a huge issue to voters, and will effect not only the thousands of Ontario welfare recipients but every Ontarioan in one way or another. When the election was close, Mike…show more content…
After the election of Mike Harris and the PC party a committee was set up by the Minister of Community and Social Services, the Honourable David Tsubouchi, comprised of MPP's to study how the promised of workfare should be executed. Communities and MPP's of all parties were encouraged to give their suggestions on how to better implicate workfare. (Legislative Assembly of Ontario, March 28, 1996, pg. 1966.) Ontario Works policy direction taken by the Ontario Progressive Conservative Government Workfare is intended to put "able-bodied welfare recipients to work in exchange for their welfare benefits". (Legislative Assembly of Ontario, March 29, 1996, pg. 1650) Here are some main points of Ontario Works program: ? handicapped, elderly, injured, full time students, and single parents with young children will be excluded from mandatory workfare. ? recipients will be required to work, or volunteer, seventeen hours per week, in order to receive assistance. ? municipal social services will work directly with charity and community organizations for volunteer and employment services. The main intention of workfare is to help the welfare recipient become self-sufficient and ultimately get him/her employment. The full plans were introduced in the Ontario legislature on June 18, 1996 by the honourable David Tsubouchi, when he discussed the three major ways that Ontario Works will be a success. 1) Contracting out
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