Nate Erskine-Smith unveils plan to strengthen Ontario’s social safety net

Compassionate leadership to better serve those in the greatest need.

TORONTO, ON (12 October 2023) — Today, Liberal leadership candidate Nate Erskine-Smith announced a plan to strengthen our social safety net.

“Everyone in Ontario deserves to live with dignity, regardless of their health, social, or physical status,”  said Erskine-Smith. 

“The Ford government lacks compassion. It has failed to provide adequate social assistance, reduced services for people with autism, and ignored the need for deeply affordable housing. Too many people have been left to fall behind.” 

We deserve compassionate leadership.

As a federal MP, Nate served as the co-chair of the all-party anti-poverty caucus. He supported the creation of the Canada Child Benefit, led efforts to enhance the Canada Workers Benefit, and pushed for the fast passage of legislation to realize the Canada Disability Benefit. 

He brings the same commitment to reforming Ontario’s social safety net so that no one is left behind. Our plan will: 

  • Strengthen existing social assistance programs and support families in need. 
  • End chronic homelessness and expand the availability of social and rental housing. 
  • Support the organizations that serve the most vulnerable, including legal aid, food banks, urban Indigenous organizations, wraparound housing supports, and more.
  • Deliver accessibility for all by advancing inclusive design and accommodation.

A full background on this plan can be found here

For more information:

Camellia Wong 
[email protected]