New benefits indicator will allow 100,000 more low-income Canadians to access government
benefits, increase their income and reduce food insecurity
MISSISSAUGA, ON, February 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ – The Maple Leaf Center for Action on Food Security (“The Centre”) is contributing $600,000 over three years to help Prosper Canada, a national charitable organization, improve and expand the reach of its Guide to Benefits, an innovative online platform that helps low-income Canadians identify and access government benefits. The tool is easy to use and provides personalized benefit recommendations based on each user’s life circumstances.
“Each year, billions of dollars in benefits available to low-income Canadians go unclaimed because people have difficulty filing their taxes, lack information about benefit entitlements, or have trouble getting there. access,” said Sarah Stern, who runs the Center. “Our partnership with Prosperous Canada is a direct way to reduce food insecurity among low-income Canadians by increasing their income and ability to buy food. »
“Determining what government benefits you are entitled to and how to get them is incredibly complicated, time-consuming and, for too many people, so frustrating that they simply give up,” said Elisabeth MulhollandCEO, Prosperous Canada. “The Guide to Benefits changes all of that by acting as a personal guide, helping individuals quickly navigate the maze of government information and successfully identify what benefits they may be eligible for but are not receiving, and how to access them. »
More … than 4 million the people in Canada suffer from food insecurity, with low income being the main cause.
Tax refunds and income allowances are an important potential source of income for most low- and middle-income households. However, many face personal, institutional and systemic barriers to accessing this income. As a result, an estimate 2+ billion dollars benefits are not claimed by low-income people every year. This is a conservative estimate based on the fact that one in five low-income people in Canada currently no tax return. Practical tax and benefit support provided by Prosperous Canada community partners have been shown to increase the annual income of service users $3,675 per person.
Through this project, Prosperous Canada work with non-profit community partners to train frontline service providers to use the Guide to Benefits and helping around 100,000 people access the information they need to access their benefits. The project will also assess the extent to which Guide to Benefits leads to increased incomes and reduced food insecurity for low-income people.
On Prosperous Canada (www.prospercanada.org)
Prosperous Canada is a national charitable organization dedicated to expanding economic opportunity for Canadians living in poverty through program and policy innovation. Prosperous Canada works with government, business and community partners to develop and promote policies, programs and financial resources that remove barriers and help more Canadians prosper.
About the Maple Leaf Food Security Action Center (www.feedopportunity.com)
The Maple Leaf Center for Action on Food Security is a national charitable organization committed to working collaboratively to reduce food insecurity in Canada by 50% by 2030. The Center advocates for structural policy solutions and invests in knowledge building and food programs that build the capacity of people and communities to achieve sustainable food security. The Center was established in 2016 and is governed by a Board of Directors, comprising four independent experts.
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SOURCE The Maple Leaf Action Center for Food Security