The Ontario Association of Food Banks isn’t happy with the PC government’s cuts to social assistance and the removal of the basic income pilot.
The social assistance program had a planned increase of three per cent, which has now been slashed in half.
The Association says they are disappointed and alarmed by these unexpected changes and that they will strongly impact low-income Ontarians.
They call these measures a step backwards in an effort to create a healthier and hunger-free Ontario.
Just under half a million people used food banks in Ontario from April 1st 2016 to March 1st 2017.
68 per cent of food bank clients rely on social or income assistance to make ends meat.
According to the Association, for persons using Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support, 70 to over 100 percent of their provided income would be needed just for rent for a one bedroom apartment.