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June 4, 2020

Ontario should streamline path off welfare with more carrot, less stick

  • Ontario should trim “punitive” welfare clawbacks and hike earnings exemptions for a more effective welfare system, says a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute.
  • Authors Parisa Mahboubi and Mariam Ragab provide recommendations that would reduce the cost of taking on work to social assistance recipients, and tackle disincentives to join the workforce.
  • The report also suggests a new approach for disability programs geared towards empowering people with disabilities with increased opportunities to join the workforce.
Parisa Mahboubi
Parisa Mahboubi

Parisa is a Senior Policy Analyst and leads the C.D. Howe Institute's Human Capital Policy Council. Her research interest focuses on social policy with a concentration on demographic, skills, education, and labour market concerns. In addition to authoring research studies, she regularly writes a column for the Globe and Mail’s business section.

Mariam Ragab

Mariam Ragab is a Research Intern at the C.D. Howe Institute, where she participates in the research, analysis, and writing of ongoing research projects at the Institute. Mariam is passionate about youth education and empowerment, and international public policy.