The cost of healthy eating for a family of four in the Nipissing District is $879/month. After food and housing costs, there may not be enough money left for all the costs of living such as heat, hydro, telephone, child care, transportation, hygiene costs, clothing, out-of-pocket health costs and other basic expenses.
Social assistance rates are not adequate and need to be raised, indexed to inflation and reflective of the costs of living in the Nipissing District.
Even the government of Ontario recognizes that social assistance rates are inadequate and has made a commitment to improve this system in Ontario. In 2017, they released the report Income Security: A Roadmap for Change. It proposes drastic changes to the social assistance program to improve income security system in Ontario. The Ministry of Community and Social Services was seeking feedback from the public on the recommendations within the report. This is the Nipissing Area Food Roundtable submission we shared in response, and we look forward to hearing an update from the government early in 2018 as promised.
Visit myhealthunit.ca/costofhealthyeating for more information on the cost of healthy eating in our area.
The Nipissing and Area Food Roundtable has created a Letter template for you to use for local advocacy efforts. The letter calls for increased household incomes to reduce food insecurity in our community and ensure dignified and secure access to food. Feel free to add your own lived experience and/or additional comments to the letter.
Send to your local MPP:
Victor Fedeli, MPP Nipissing
Room 347, Main Legislative Building, Queen’s Park
Toronto, ON M7A 1A8
John Vanthof, MPP Timiskaming-Cochrane (West Nipissing)
Rm. 156, Main Legislative Building, Queen’s Park
Toronto, ON M7A 1A5
The Nipissing Area Food Roundtable has also created a document called We’re Voting for Food to raise awareness about food insecurity as a policy issue leading up to the 2018 provincial election.