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Ont. risks missing poverty reduction targets unless more steps taken: advocates

Poverty advocates say Ontario risks missing its poverty reductiontargets just one year into its plan to reduce child poverty by 25 percent by 2013.

Poverty advocates say Ontario risks missing its poverty reduction targets just one year into its plan to reduce child poverty by 25 per cent by 2013.

The 25 in 5 Poverty Reduction Network says some good steps have been taken but warns that without immediate public support, the province's poverty rate will “explode.”

In a report released ahead of the province's own update, the group also says that repeating the mistakes of the 1990s recession - especially making cuts to public sector programs and services - will make it harder to move away from poverty.

It wants the province to review its rules around social assistance, and make increases to the Ontario Child Benefit, affordable housing and minimum wage.

Minister of Community and Social Services Madeleine Meilleur is set to announce a social assistance review advisory group today, to be headed by Gail Nyberg of the Daily Bread Food Bank.

That advisory group will provide recommendations Meilleur about how to improve the system by the end of 2010.

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