LONDON – Official Opposition critic for Economic Development and Job Creation Terence Kernaghan (London North Centre) and critic for Labour Jamie West (Sudbury) are raising concerns after government cuts forced the closure of Pathways Employment Help Centre, a London-based agency that connects single mothers and individuals on social assistance with jobs.
“Every day, we see the struggles of people trying to get back on their feet due to the increased cost of living," said Kernaghan. "This government has done nothing to make life more affordable, especially for those on ODSP and Ontario Works. Now, we learn that crucial programs meant to assist those seeking employment have been axed. Cancelling these programs to save a quick buck comes with heartbreaking consequences down the line. This government doesn't care about individuals trying to rebuild their lives. At every corner they prioritize their wealthiest friends while the rest of Ontarians fight to stay afloat."
Jamie West said, "It was already hard enough to live on ODSP and Ontario Works before, and now it’s almost impossible under this government. It's not enough for most people to get by. Now they are making it harder for those who can transition off social assistance. Ending a successful program doesn’t make sense."