Information Orillia is examining a transition from the compassionate charity model that meets and temporarily eases the effects of poverty insufficiently to the compassionate justice model that addresses the root causes of poverty, homelessness, mental health, addictions and discrimination to create lasting change.
In 2019 we will continue our year-round income tax clinic with sliding fee scale; however, we are testing additional options. In addition to this service, we are advocating for Canada Learning Bonds as well as encouraging people to sign up for their own CRA account. Boosting income through tax filing and support with accessing benefits is a proven financial empowerment intervention to reduce poverty. With your help, we will utilize these funds to support staff wages and program costs.