Position Available - Administrative Assistant

Jul 4 2012

The Social Planning Council of Kitchener-Waterloo is seeking an experienced, highly organized person to provide administrative support to ensure efficient operation of our organization.

Annual General Meeting - June 27, 2012

Jun 20 2012

Please join the Social Planning Council of Kitchener-Waterloo in celebrating community organizations that have contributed to digital inclusion in the Region at our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 from 6:00-8:00pm. The meeting will take place in the Crystal Ballroom at the Walper Hotel (20 Queen St. S. Kitchener).

'Blackout to SpeakOut' Campaign

Jun 5 2012

Yesterday, Social Planning Council of Kitchener-Waterloo joined over 13,000 other organizations across Canada in a website blackout.

Submission to the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario

Apr 2 2012

On Wednesday February 29th, the Social Planning Council of Kitchener-Waterloo and its partners in the K-W Poverty Free Action Group hosted a forum to engage members of the Kitchener-Waterloo community to discuss and give input on the first three chapters of the Social Assistance Review Commission discussion paper.

Choice in Tax Credit Payments Coming

Mar 22 2012

The Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC) has information about changes in how some tax credits will be paid to low income people in Ontario. Two information sheets – one on the change to monthly delivery and another on the related issue of the negative implications of using tax preparation companies to file tax returns – are available on the ISAC website.

ODSP Action Coalition MPP Lobby Kit

Feb 29 2012

The ODSP Action Coalition has created a lobby kit for advocates to use in meetings with their MPPs on the Social Assistance Review.

Social Assistance Review Community Forum

Feb 15 2012

The Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario has released Discussion Paper 2: Approaches for Reform and What We Heard: A Summary of Discussion on Social Assistance. The Poverty Free KW Action Group invites you to a community discussion forum. Give your input on the state of social assistance in Ontario.

Social Assistance Review Commission Options Paper Released - Give Feedback by March 16

Feb 3 2012

As a part of the Government of Ontario’s strategy to reduce poverty across the province, in November 2010 they initiated a review of Social Assistance in the province. Our local community held a number of events and submitted reports to the Commission.

Social Assistance Review Webinar Series

Jan 23 2012

The Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario is expected to release an Options Paper in early February with options for reforming Ontario Works (OW) and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), followed by a very short period for public response and feedback. The options could have far-reaching implications for people on low incomes. In this webinar series, Jennefer Laidley and Dana Milne of the Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC) will present on 3 different options expected in the paper and offer a variety of tools to help groups across Ontario organize consultations in their communities and make submissions.

Festival of Neighbourhoods Early Bird Draw Deadline - Jan. 31

Jan 23 2012

We are encouraging neighbourhoods to register early with the Festival of Neighbourhoods by offering a series of prize draws throughout the year. The first draw will take place on February 6, 2012 at the Kitchener City Council meeting (7pm, Council Chambers, Kitchener City Hall). The deadline to register for this draw is January 31, 2012. (Any neighbourhood that registers early will also be eligible for the $10,000 Capital Improvement Grant draw in October 2012.) If you have questions or would like to register, contact Valerie at 519-579-1096 x 3005 or email entries@festivalofneighbourhoods.ca. Visit the Festival of Neighbourhoods web page for more information.