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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 is a Senior Policy Analyst and leads the C.D. Howe Institute's human capital policy program. 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 former research assistant at the C.D. Howe Institute.