Together with nearly 100 other leaders in the social services sector, United Way Elgin Middlesex has signed on as a supporter of the Ontario for All Coalition platform. The initiative calls on Leaders and MPPs to ensure safe and equitable communities during the pandemic and start planning for a just and inclusive recovery now.
In the lead up to the next provincial budget, the platform includes a call to action and a number of specific asks. Priorities include focusing the government’s attention on the persistent issues communities are experiencing across our province, now made so much worse by the pandemic: systemic inequality faced by marginalized populations; decent work in safe conditions and the need for paid sick leave; affordable housing in rural and urban communities and protection from eviction; income security in uncertain times; childcare, mental health support and other critical services.
Addressing these issues is everyone’s business. Falling short leaves us all unsafe, robs people of their potential, costs us all too much, and undermines what we stand for: a place where everyone has a fair chance at a good life.