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Ensure Social Assistance is a Path to Economic Security, Say Senior Business Leaders

Business leaders are calling on Premier Wynne and Leaders of the Opposition to make social assistance reform a key priority. In a public message published in today’s Toronto Star, senior executives are urging the province to follow through on the recommendations of the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance to help low income people get ahead and enable those with disabilities to achieve their full potential.

“Helping everyone achieve their potential is simply the right thing to do – for individual Ontarians, for business, for the provincial economy and for a government seeking to secure future sources of revenue,” says a full-page message published today in the Toronto Star which is signed by 23 senior executives, including CEOs of Canada’s largest banks.

Business leaders representing every sector of our economy were brought together by United Way Toronto and CivicAction to contribute their expertise and perspective to the development of the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance. The executives endorsed the Commission’s final recommendations for a more fair, streamlined, responsive, transparent and accountable approach to social assistance programs.

View the public message signed by 23 senior leaders encouraging the premier and opposition leaders to act on social assistance.

To read the Commission’s final report, visit

About the organizations
Established in 1956, United Way Toronto is a charity working to advance the common good and create opportunities for a better life for everyone in our city.  For the past 10 years, CivicAction has brought together senior executives and rising leaders from all sectors to tackle some of our region’s toughest social, economic and environmental challenges.

For more information:

Michelle Yao
United Way Toronto
Tel: 416-777-1444 ext. 340
Cell: 416-557-8508

Julia Lo
Tel: 416-309-4480 ext. 500