The District of Parry Sound Community Development Collaborative, along with the District of Parry Sound Social Services Administration Board, are pleased to release our second profile report for the District of Parry Sound. The Socioeconomic Profile follows our 2012 Demographic Profile to complete the analysis of the most current census data. The document presents data and analysis on income, education, labour force and housing affordability.
We gratefully acknowledge David Plumstead, Research Analysis for the Nipissing DSSAB, who prepared this report for our District and we hope that this report will be of use.
The report is available by accessing our website at: www.psdssab.org/socialplanning/
The Social Development Council of Cornwall and Area has released a report from a community consultation held on the Ontario Poverty Reduction Strategy. Giving a voice to poverty and its impact not only on individuals but also on the community was the goal of the January 21, 2014 Community Consultation. This project was a collaborative initiative with Linking Hands (a project of the House of Lazarus), the Poverty Working Group and the Social Development Council of Cornwall and Area, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit and the office of Jim McDonnell MPP.
The report catpures the strengths and challenges of the consultation experience. The recommendations require cooperation between all levels of government and communities.
The report has conflicting opitions due to the nature of the event, and are topics that need to be further explored.
The voluntary National Household Survey (NHS) has produced lower quality data than the mandatory long-form Census it has replaced. The Social Planning Network of Ontario only uses NHS data when higher quality data is not available.
Statistics Canada has said their evaluations of NHS data "support the general reliability of the data at the national, provincial and territorial levels" but they have not extended this confidence to using NHS data at the community level. They have noted that "risk of error in NHS estimates increases for lower levels of geography and smaller population." Due to the increase in error at the local level compared to previous Census data, Statistics Canada has released very few NHS data tables for smaller geographies like municipalities and neighbourhoods.
Statistics Canada has also cautioned against doing historical comparisons between NHS and Census data because the data was collected differently.
Good quality data about demographics, social and economic conditions at the local level is essential for social planning and research, including the design and delivery of public services. The cancellation of the mandatory long form Census has resulted in a significant loss of reliable data that will greatly reduce the ability of residents to understand their own communities. This critical data gap will also affect the quality and cost-effectiveness of the services residents use for years to come. The Social Planning Network of Ontario with its partners at the local, provincial and national levels will continue to bring attention to this major data gap and to call for the return of a full mandatory Census.
Dear Premier Wynne, Minister Jeffrey, Minister Piruzza, and Minister McMeekin,
We are writing as a coalition of concerned organizations to urge you to respond without delay to the growing crisis in housing and homelessness across Ontario. While there are many housing needs across the province, we need your government to commit – as quickly as possible and before the new year – to make permanent $42 million in "transition funding" for critically important housing and homelessness funds administered by municipalities under the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI).
Municipalities across Ontario are in the midst of planning their budgets for the coming year. Decisions about housing and homelessness funding will be made very soon. Municipalities – and the low income Ontarians who live in them – need your guarantee that you are on their side.
After several years of community advocacy, the Ontario Government finally acknowledged in its 2013 Budget that single adults on social assistance are living in especially severe conditions of hardship and hunger. Once again, the Government adjusted social assistance rates by 1%, the current rate of inflation, but added a $14 top-up for single adults without children on Ontario Works.
Community advocates for a poverty-free Ontario have been campaigning since 2009 for benefit increases that would begin to relieve the tremendous deprivation of single adults living in deep poverty at less than 40% of the official Ontario poverty line. They can finally claim a clear breakthrough with the Government on the plight of single adults, even if the actual rate increases this year are not at the level needed.
Contending that the Government was taking a “balanced approach” to achieving “prosperity” and “fairness,” Finance Minister Charles Sousa actually tips the balance in the direction of continuing austerity.