Letter to Hon. Lisa MacLeod re: Basic Income

Dear Minister MacLeod:

We are writing in response to your government’s decision to end the Basic Income Pilot Program
in Ontario. We strongly disagree with your decision to end this Pilot prematurely and without
regard for the demonstrably positive impact that this program was having upon the lives of
people living in poverty in our Province. As such, we respectfully urge you to reconsider a
policy decision that will only serve to deepen the experience of poverty for millions of Ontario’s
children, families and seniors.

The Halton Poverty Roundtable is a registered charity who is a leader in connecting, educating,
and acting on issues related to poverty in Halton. In our community, 1 in 10 of our neighbours
do not know where their next meal will come from and 1 in 3 seniors are living below the
poverty line. Our communities of Oakville, Burlington, Milton and Halton Hills have over thirtyseven
thousand individuals who struggle daily to survive on low incomes, or who live in poverty.
Minister MacLeod, the conclusion of the first phase of the Basic Income Pilot in April of this
year, brought with it an abundance of first-hand accounts of the difference that Basic Income had
made to people’s lives. The decision to abandon the Pilot will cause needless difficulties for the
participants struggling to escape poverty. Given the initial success of the program, we cannot
understand the immediate need for cancelation. Surely, it would have been prudent to conclude
the Pilot and use the resulting data in the development of social policy.

We are hopeful that your government’s announcement to reform Social Assistance in the next
100 days includes an inclusive and transparent process, collaboration across all sectors, and a
fulsome consultation process including those living with the challenges of poverty. As you may
know, having a 100 day timeline to reform the entire social assistance program will be met with
challenges including: the potential for increases of punitive and ineffective approaches and
models being implemented, the reduction of supports under the guise of decreasing resource
costs and a lack of understanding of the lived experience of being on Ontario Works (OW) and
Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).

As you embark on this reform, we would like to draw your attention to the living wage in Halton
Region. In order for a family in Halton to cover their basic living expenses, a family of four
would have to have both adults working 37.5 hours per week making $17.95 per hour. Clearly,
minimum wage, Ontario Works and ODSP do not come close to affording recipients a basic
standard of living in Halton. Your government’s proposed 1.5% increase in social assistance
will do little to assist the most vulnerable people in our communities.

The Halton Poverty Roundtable respectfully requests that the Government of Ontario continue
the Basic Income Pilot through to its conclusion before making a final decision as to the efficacy,
both socially and financially, of the basic income concept.
In light of the current economic climate in Ontario, the low Canadian dollar, the ongoing trade
tariff situation with the United States, combined with the cost of living, this is driving
uncertainty for the most vulnerable. Bottom line, you know that it is harder for families to
survive and the cancelation of the basic income pilot and the cut to our current social assistance
program puts far too many at even greater risk.

Sincerely,

Sarah Sabihuddin
Director, Community Engagement
Halton Poverty Roundtable

CC to: Halton Region MPP’s
The Hon. Ted Arnott, M.P.P.
Mr. Stephen Crawford, M.P.P.
Ms. Jane McKenna, M.P.P.
Mr. Parm Gill, M.P.P.
Ms. Effie Triantafilopoulos, M.P.P.

www.haltonpovertyroundtable.com
4210 South Service Road, Suite 101, Burlington, ON L7L 4XS

Volunteer with HPRT at Burlington’s RibFest 2018!

The Halton Poverty Roundtable is seeking volunteers to help us raise money for local charities and support the Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore. We are planning to be “out in force” over the Labour Day weekend at Canada’s largest Ribfest. Our volunteers will have the opportunity to double their impact, by not only supporting Rotary, but will also have the chance to “donate” their volunteer hours to raise money for HPRT!

If you would like to help make a difference by raising funds for deserving local charities, while enjoying beautiful summer weather, great music and some of the best ribs anywhere, then come out and join the Halton Poverty Roundtable team!

RibFest 2018 will take place from August 31st to September 3rd at Spencer Smith Park in Burlington. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities available that we are sure will make this an enjoyable event!

For more information and to volunteer please email volunteers@rcbl.org. If you are interested in a security volunteer position, please email security@canadaslargestribfest.com

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at RibFest!

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Poverty Is A Reality Here In Halton

More than 13,500 children live in low-income households writes Sarah Sabihuddin.

Imagine having to choose between buying diapers and food or paying the rent and hydro bill.

In Halton, there are more than 13,500 children living in low income households, representing 10.5 per cent of all children in our community. That is one in 10 kids living in poverty right here in our neighbourhoods.

This is why organizations like the Halton Poverty Roundtable (HPRT) are so important. Our members are regional change-makers who are challenging the complexity of poverty in our community. We work to shed light on all aspects of poverty and highlight the reality of poverty in our neighbourhoods. Through connecting, educating and acting together, we aim to reach the ultimate goal of eliminating poverty in Halton.

Over the course of the past eight years, the HPRT has been involved in raising public awareness on issues ranging from social assistance reform, to increasing awareness on available housing supports, to the successful inclusion of community benefits in publicly-funded infrastructure projects directly impacting low-income residents.

Poverty looks different in every community, and Halton is no exception.

Poverty is a complicated topic to define, but even harder to solve. Halton residents living in poverty often have unstable employment, insecure and unaffordable housing, are food insecure, face chronic health issues, experience financial barriers to post-secondary education, and face social exclusion due to the gap that exists between the highest and lowest income earners in our community. A family of four with two adults working full time must earn a minimum of $17.95 an hour to pay for the basic necessities of life so they can live with dignity and participate as active citizens in our society. Many in our community have to decide between paying their rent, buying fresh food for their children, and paying for necessary medication.

Halton Poverty Roundtable believes that everyone in our community should be adequately housed, with enough income to meet the most basic standard of living, allowing everyone to eat properly, live with less stress and engage with community supports.

If you, or someone you know, want to become more involved in achieving our vision of ‘No Neighbour in Need’ please check out our website at www.haltonpovertyroundtable.com or on twitter@HaltonPovertyRT.

Sarah Sabihuddin is the Halton Poverty Roundtable director of community engagement.

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Your Support Can Make A Difference In Halton

Match Challenge

With the financial support of the community, the Halton Poverty Roundtable has
been able to undertake a number of successful initiatives.

We are a community funded charity and we depend on your support. Together, we can improve the
lives of the one in ten residents in Halton who live in poverty.

We Need You! Please consider becoming a Supporter

Your Support Can Make A Difference

The Halton Sport Leadership Program has provided at-risk youth an opportunity to
gain confidence, leadership and experience through free training in nationally
recognized recreation certification programs.

Over 70% of participants reported going for a job interview with 60% of
participants securing employment within the community

Our Smart Start Halton campaign has increased the take-up rate of the
federally funded Canada Learning Bond (CLB) from 28% to 42%. We
have brought in over $30 million in post-secondary education
savings for children from low-income families in Halton.

Together we can continue to make a difference.

The Halton Poverty Roundtable has been challenged to raise
$25,000 by June 25th, 2018 and Amarna will match your
donation dollar for dollar.
Be a Corporate Sponsor
Be an Individual Donor
Be a champion for equality and prosperity in Halton. Make the Halton
Poverty Roundtable a charity of choice and partner with us to
eliminate poverty.

Did you know?
1 in 5 Youth are
unemployed in Halton
1 in 10 people in Halton
experience hunger
Over 3,460 Halton
families are on the wait list
for affordable housing

To learn more contact us:
Sarah Sabihuddin: Director, Community Engagement
Tel: 905-635-3131 ext. 303 or sarah@haltonpovertyroundtable.com

Please Donate Now
Charitable Registration Number: 81276 5121 RR0001
Donation Link: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/31379

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HPRT Board Of Directors Volunteer Positions

1. Director 2. Treasurer – As a local nonprofit and registered charity, the Halton Poverty Roundtable (HPRT) is a leader in connecting, educating and acting on issues related to poverty in Halton. For the past 8 years, we have brought together key partners to drive the conversation towards action and measurable impact. We believe that we have the most comprehensive understanding of the resources required to eradicate poverty; and the best network to ensure people in poverty are reached. By leveraging our expertise of available resources and our strong network we can reach our ultimate goal: the eradication of poverty in Halton.

The Halton Poverty Roundtable is seeking applicants from Halton Region for two upcoming openings on the Board of Directors. The Halton Poverty Roundtable is especially interested in applicants from diverse backgrounds, including individuals with lived experience in poverty. We are also looking for individuals with senior leadership experience in any of the following areas: Fundraising, Finance, and Organizational Transformation Projects. If you are interested in serving your community through the HPRT, consider getting involved as an HPRT Director.

Directors will be interviewed by the Co-Chairs and the Director, Community Engagement and successful candidates will govern the association on behalf of the community. This is a volunteer position that will involve approximately five to eight hours each month. Directors meet monthly for board meetings and are required to participate on board committees. Board members are also encouraged to attend HPRT events.

The Board of Directors is ultimately accountable for all matters relating to the HPRT. However, its primary responsibilities are as follows:
1. Provide a link and liaison with the community.
2. Ensure that the HPRT By-Laws remain current and relevant.
3. Ensure that the HPRT vision and strategic plan are consistent with the organization’s values and mission.
4. Ensure that the annual operating plan is consistent with the HPRT long-term vision and strategic plan. 5. Support and assist philanthropic and fundraising efforts such as, donor thank yous and speaking engagements.
6. Monitor Director, Community Engagement performance. Recruit and hire, and terminate if necessary.
7. Report to the community, HPRT members, volunteers and participants at the Annual General Meeting.
8. Board members are responsible for acting in the best long-term interests of the HPRT and will bring to the task of informed decision-making a broad knowledge and an inclusive perspective.

Treasurer Position:
Key Duties
 Be aware of CRA policies/regulatory requirements with respect to financial compliance.
 Assume a leadership role on board committee or initiatives related to financial matters
 Oversee, and present budgets, accounts, management accounts and financial statements to the board of directors
 Liaise with the Director of Community Engagement (or other designated individual), where applicable, to ensure that the charity’s annual accounts are compliant with the CRA guidelines
 Ensure that proper accounts and records are kept; ensuring financial resources are spent and invested in line with the charity’s policies, good governance, legal and regulatory requirements
 Liaise with the charity’s auditors or independent examiner, where appropriate
 Ensure the financial components of the T3010B Information Return are completed in an accurate and timely manner
 Advise on the financial implications of the charity’s strategic plan
 Maintain sound financial management of the charity’s resources, ensuring expenditure is in line with the charity’s objectives
 Contribute to the fundraising strategy of the organization
 Act as a counter‐signatory on charity cheques and any applications for funds Qualifications

The following are considered key job qualifications:
• Must have an Accounting Designation or equivalent financial background
• Identify, support, and share funding/donor development opportunities
• Knowledge of the community
• Experience in community collaboration/collective impact
• Commitment to the Halton Poverty Roundtable’s mission and strategic directions
• A commitment to social and economic justice

If you are interested in this volunteer position, please submit your resume and a cover letter stating how you can contribute to our board to sarah@haltonpovertyroundtable.com

We thank all applicants, however, only those considered for an interview will be contacted. Accessibility The HPRT is committed to creating an inclusive environment that accommodates all individuals, including those with disabilities.

We support the goals of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Acts (AODA) and have established policies, procedures and practices which adhere to the accessibility standards set out in the AODA.

Should you require any accommodation throughout the recruitment process please do not hesitate contacting our office at 905-635-3131 ext. 303.

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Job Posting: Office Assistant (Summer Student)

This position is advertised under the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) initiative. To be eligible for this position, you must be between 15 and 30 years of age on the start date of the job, been a full-time student during the previous academic year and be intending to return to full-time studies in the next academic year. You also must be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident or a refugee under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. You must also be legally entitled to work according to relevant provincial legislation and regulations.
Are you someone who is passionate about eliminating poverty and wanting to put your skills into action while gaining first-hand experience in the community? We’re looking for an energetic and community minded individual who will be able to contribute to the mission and vision of the Halton Poverty Roundtable.

Responsibilities:
 Create and deliver written communications and marketing material
 Conduct research to understand local context around poverty, manipulate data and create infographics and presentations around what poverty looks like in Halton
 Provide database support and administration for all fundraising and volunteer relations
 Lead the development of a records management strategy
 Provide social media support through assisting with creation and implementation of social medial strategy
 Provide support to the staff of Halton Poverty Roundtable on other office related issues that may arise
Qualifications:
 A proven record working collaboratively on a team
 Demonstrated ability to learn quickly and willingness to take direction and collaborate with others
 Excellent written and oral communication skills
 Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Mailchimp and Canva or similar tools
 Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
 Ability to work independently and as part of a team
 Ability to problem-solve and think creatively
 Enthusiasm and flexibility

Application Deadline: May 21, 2018
Job Type: Temporary
Pay Rate: $18.00/hour – 31 hours/week – Term: 7 weeks
How to apply:

Please submit via email your resume and a cover letter to Sarah Sabihuddin: Director, Community Engagement at sarah@haltonpovertyroundtable.com

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Halton Region Poised For A New Era In Public Procurement Spending

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Canada’s thought leaders urge Halton politicians and businesses to leverage spending to improve lives of everyday people in the region

April 16, 2018. Ontario is the first Canadian province to pass Community Benefit legislation. Bill 6, the Ontario Infrastructure for Jobs and Prosperity Act (IJPA), enables consideration of Community Benefits in infrastructure planning and investment. Ontario’s Bill 6 is good news for Halton Region and the Halton Community Benefits Network (HCBN) is serving as the catalyst for change, encouraging both public and private sectors to adopt business practices that lead to sustainable, economic and social opportunity for everyone.

hip with the HCBN, Sandra Hamilton, Canada’s thought leader and expert on strategic procurement, will be in Halton for four days only from April 17-20th. She will be speaking to local businesses, politicians and non-profits about how we can shift our thinking and buying power to go beyond the “do no harm” thinking, to proactively and intentionally “doing some good.”
“Over the last 25 years we have accepted that taxpayer funded contracts must do less harm to the planet, but do we consider how they impact the people?” asked Hamilton. “Social procurement puts people at the forefront of a more sustainable and inclusive approach to public procurement.” Hamilton believes that public and private sector investments can be better leveraged to improve the lives of people living in the Region, one contract at a time.

In Halton, community benefits from social procurement can support socio-economic goals, including poverty reduction, elimination of precarious work, improved labour conditions, greater income equality and community economic development.

Millions of dollars are spent every year in Halton Region on taxpayer funded contracts large and small. The HCBN is asking the public and private sector, “what if we can leverage that spending to improve the lives and prosperity of everyday people in Halton?” The HCBN is proposing that the new Oakville Court House, estimated as an investment of $500 million, is an ideal pilot project that could be used to address poverty in the region.

“If we can all make a more strategic approach to procurement, we can contribute to a greater social good and help improve the lives and prosperity to everyday people in Halton.” says Ian Troop, former CEO of the 2015 Pan Am Games and Chair of the HCBN. “We’re excited to bring Sandra to Halton to share her expertise and help us bring more community benefits to the region.”

Media Opportunities with Sandra Hamilton:

Tuesday, April 17th – “Are we buying the future we want? Leveraging public procurement for community benefit” Forum with Businesses, Public Organizations, Non-profits & Citizen Groups
Location: Sheridan College – Trafalgar Campus, Conference Centre
– Keynote Speech (9:00-10:00 a.m.)
– Tabletop Session (10:00-10:30 a.m.)
– Facilitated Panel Discussion (10:40-12:00 p.m.)
Wednesday, April 18th
– Media Roundtable, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Location: United Way Halton & Hamilton (4210 South Service, Unit #101, Burlington)
– Dinner meeting with Halton’s future business leaders, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: United Way Halton & Hamilton (4210 South Service, Unit #101, Burlington)

Additional media availability upon request from April 17 – 20

More about Sandra Hamilton:Sandra Hamilton is a Strategic Procurement Advisor, Speaker & Canada’s first Social MBA. She works with governments, industry and non-profits to re-design systems to move markets toward a more a sustainable and inclusive economy. She is the author of the first social procurement frameworks to be adopted in both B.C and Alberta.

Sandra is the former business manager to Vancouver 2010 Olympic CEO John Furlong and rower Silken Laumann. The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games were the first games in history to add social criteria in to the sustainability strategy.
The Halton Community Benefits Network (HCBN) is a key initiative of the Halton Poverty Roundtable. The HCBN is a multi-sectoral collaborative network working together towards fostering awareness and action in the development of Community Benefits Agreements. Through research and consultation our goal is to educate and engage community partners to adopt Community Benefits Agreements and Social Procurement practices that can lead to change the way our economic region does business and thus benefit its citizens with fuller employment opportunities and inclusive social well-being.

The Halton Poverty Roundtable (HPRT) is a collaborative multi-sector group comprised of volunteers who are committed to leveraging resources and partnerships to eliminate poverty in Halton through education, greater community engagement, and collective impact. The HPRT believes in the right of every person to live in good health and with dignity.

For media enquires, please contact Sarah Rutka at sarahrutka@gmail.com, 905-782-1247

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Sarah Sabihuddin, sarah@haltonpovertyroundtable.com, 905-635-3131, ext 303In partnership with the HCBN, Sandra Hamilton, Canada’s thought leader and expert on strategic procurement, will be in Halton for four days only from April 17-20th. She will be speaking to local businesses, politicians and non-profits about how we can shift our thinking and buying power to go beyond the “do no harm” thinking, to proactively and intentionally “doing some good.”
“Over the last 25 years we have accepted that taxpayer funded contracts must do less harm to the planet, but do we consider how they impact the people?” asked Hamilton. “Social procurement puts people at the forefront of a more sustainable and inclusive approach to public procurement.” Hamilton believes that public and private sector investments can be better leveraged to improve the lives of people living in the Region, one contract at a time.

In Halton, community benefits from social procurement can support socio-economic goals, including poverty reduction, elimination of precarious work, improved labour conditions, greater income equality and community economic development.

Millions of dollars are spent every year in Halton Region on taxpayer funded contracts large and small. The HCBN is asking the public and private sector, “what if we can leverage that spending to improve the lives and prosperity of everyday people in Halton?” The HCBN is proposing that the new Oakville Court House, estimated as an investment of $500 million, is an ideal pilot project that could be used to address poverty in the region.

“If we can all make a more strategic approach to procurement, we can contribute to a greater social good and help improve the lives and prosperity to everyday people in Halton.” says Ian Troop, former CEO of the 2015 Pan Am Games and Chair of the HCBN. “We’re excited to bring Sandra to Halton to share her expertise and help us bring more community benefits to the region.”

Media Opportunities with Sandra Hamilton:

Tuesday, April 17th – “Are we buying the future we want? Leveraging public procurement for community benefit” Forum with Businesses, Public Organizations, Non-profits & Citizen Groups
Location: Sheridan College – Trafalgar Campus, Conference Centre
– Keynote Speech (9:00-10:00 a.m.)
– Tabletop Session (10:00-10:30 a.m.)
– Facilitated Panel Discussion (10:40-12:00 p.m.)
Wednesday, April 18th
– Media Roundtable, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Location: United Way Halton & Hamilton (4210 South Service, Unit #101, Burlington)
– Dinner meeting with Halton’s future business leaders, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: United Way Halton & Hamilton (4210 South Service, Unit #101, Burlington)

Additional media availability upon request from April 17 – 20

More about Sandra Hamilton:

Sandra Hamilton is a Strategic Procurement Advisor, Speaker & Canada’s first Social MBA. She works with governments, industry and non-profits to re-design systems to move markets toward a more a sustainable and inclusive economy. She is the author of the first social procurement frameworks to be adopted in both B.C and Alberta.

Sandra is the former business manager to Vancouver 2010 Olympic CEO John Furlong and rower Silken Laumann. The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games were the first games in history to add social criteria in to the sustainability strategy.

The Halton Community Benefits Network (HCBN) is a key initiative of the Halton Poverty Roundtable. The HCBN is a multi-sectoral collaborative network working together towards fostering awareness and action in the development of Community Benefits Agreements. Through research and consultation our goal is to educate and engage community partners to adopt Community Benefits Agreements and Social Procurement practices that can lead to change the way our economic region does business and thus benefit its citizens with fuller employment opportunities and inclusive social well-being.

The Halton Poverty Roundtable (HPRT) is a collaborative multi-sector group comprised of volunteers who are committed to leveraging resources and partnerships to eliminate poverty in Halton through education, greater community engagement, and collective impact. The HPRT believes in the right of every person to live in good health and with dignity.

For media enquires, please contact Sarah Rutka at sarahrutka@gmail.com, 905-782-1247

OR

Sarah Sabihuddin, sarah@haltonpovertyroundtable.com, 905-635-3131, ext 303

Are We Buying the Future We Want? Leveraging Public Procurement for Community Benefit

Leveraging Public Procurement for Community Benefit

A Half-Day Forum Invite:

Businesses, Public Organizations, Non-profits & Citizen Groups
April 17, 2018
Sheridan College – Trafalgar Campus, Conference Centre
8:30 AM Registration
9:00 AM – 12:15 PM Speaker – Sandra Hamilton, Group Dialogue & Community Leader Panel
12:15 PM – 1:00 PM Networking Lunch

Halton Region is poised to move forward in a new era for project and procurement spending. Since 2016, Halton Community Benefits Network has served as a catalyst for change, encouraging both public and private sectors to adopt business practices that lead to Economic & Social Opportunity for Everyone. Inspired by progress in other regions across Canada, our network initiative has gained further attention in Hamilton and the Niagara Region.

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In 2015, Ontario was the first province to pass Community Benefit legislation with Bill 6 – the Ontario Infrastructure for Jobs and Prosperity Act, to enable the consideration of community benefits in infrastructure planning and investment. Sandra Hamilton, Canada’s leading thought leader on strategic procurement will inform us on how these initiatives build to inclusive economic development and what we can learn from other markets experience. This will kick off a group dialogue to help answer the question, ‘what does this mean to the Halton Region?’

Community Benefits Agreements & Public Procurement Practices can contribute to greater social good, (lead to new or better jobs and improve family incomes). We can all make changes to our purchasing decisions to ensure that spending is aligned with our values and supports our strategic priorities. After our keynote speaker and Group Dialogue, a Community Leader Panel will discuss current examples and ideas for the best ways we can collaborate & innovate to leverage the combined power of our purchasing to buy the future we want locally in Halton Region.

Speaker Bio


Sandra Hamilton is a Strategic Procurement Advisor, Speaker & Canada’s First Social MBA. She works with governments, industry and non-profits to re-design systems to move markets toward a more a sustainable and inclusive economy. For Sandra “It’s about moving procurement beyond Do No Harm, to proactively Doing Some Good.”

Please click here and fill out the form to RSVP your attendance by Friday April 13, 2018
Sheridan College – Trafalgar Campus, Conference Centre
1400 Trafalgar Rd, Oakville

This event is organized and funded by the Halton Community Benefits Network
For further Information

Email info@haltoncommunitybenefits.com Phone 905-635-3131 ext 303

Website http://haltoncommunitybenefits.com

The Halton Community Benefits Network is an initiative of the Halton Poverty Roundtable
Funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Atkinson Foundation, and Amarna