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Budget makes small hike to social assistance payouts

A single mother with two young children in Ontario will see her social assistance payments go up slightly — $120 per year — under $57 million in new measures in this year’s provincial budget.

A single mother with two young children in Ontario will see her social assistance payments go up slightly — $120 per year — under $57 million in new measures in this year’s provincial budget.

The current process is a complex array of various access points for people trying to get social assistance, and the government has indicated it intends to streamline the system.

The 2010 budget includes a one per cent increase in the adult basic needs allowance and the maximum shelter allowance in the Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support programs that the government proposes to bring in this fall.

This would mean a single-parent family on Ontario Works with two children, aged five and seven, for example, would receive $120 more per year.

With other tax credits announced last year, that parent would receive an extra $1,560 annually, the government said.