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Dougford says the election promise to increase support for people with disabilities will be budgeted for 2022

Premier of OntarioDougfordstates that fulfilling the election promise to increase payments for persons with disabilities is "one" of his top priorities. I am.

Ford does not provide a date to fulfill his pledge.

"When we get home, we make sure it moves as fast as possible," Ford reported on Monday. "When that happens, they'll get a 5 percent increase."

The recently re-elected Premier of Ontario spoke at a joint press conference with Toronto Mayor John Torrey. .. There, the pair discussed topics including affordable housing.

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Ford and his PC party dissolved the Ontario Parliament and called for an election in 2022 before passing the latest budget. This document continued to serve as the party's campaign platform.

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MPP "same budget, except for a 5% increase in the Ontario Support Program for Persons with Disabilities (ODSP) Keep it up, "Ford said. An increase was promised during the campaign.

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Ford says his government spends $ 425 million on a 5% increase in ODSP rates each year. He said he would introduce a law to increase.

Ontario Liberals, NDP, and Greens have all promised a generous increase in ODSP over PC.

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"We're going to increase it, I know inflation has risen, we're increasing it by 5 percent, when we go through the budget It's one of our top priorities, "Ford said on Monday.

ODSP fees have been frozen since 2018, and one person at ODSP can receive up to $ 1,169 a month for basic needs and shelter. Proponents say it's too low and the level of support is well below the required level.

"Poor people with disabilities who suffer below the poverty line and deal with the imbalanced burden of the COVID-19 pandemic long ago needed a significant increase in ODSP." David Lepofsky, Chair of Ontarian Accessibility, said. The Act Alliance told Global News.

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Ford is his reappointed senior citizen and accessibility minister, Raymond Cho, to improve accessibility in Ontario. He said it would ensure that the government would provide funding.

"We will continue to fund and move forward as quickly as possible," Ford said.

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