In the 2008 Poverty Reduction Strategy, the Ontario government committed to reviewing social assistance, Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), with a focus on removing barriers and increasing opportunities for people to work. It subsequently appointed the Social Assistance Review Advisory Council (SARAC) to provide advice on a proposed scope for the review. Taking into account the advice of the Council, the government established the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario in November 2010. The Commission's task is to carry out a comprehensive review and provide specific recommendations and a concrete action plan for reforming the social assistance system. The Commissioners are expected to submit a final report to the government by June 30, 2012.
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