Author: ocap

For 25 years, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) has mobilized poor communities under attack.

  • Where’s The Funds? OCAP Confronts City Budget

    Shelters in Toronto are packed full. Over 700 people are crammed in nightly into the sub-standard back-up respite facilities. OCAP took a hidden camera into three of these facilities. The resulting video documents conditions within them. Watch video »

  • Homelessness Doesn’t End in April

    Toronto City Council Must Start Building Shelters Now Homeless people in Toronto are in crisis. In the first nine months of 2017, the city has recorded an average of 8 homeless deaths every month. Most of those who died were under the age of 50. Emergency shelters, whether they serve women, men, youth, refugees, or families, … Keep reading »

  • Basic Income In The Neoliberal Age

    From the very first days of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP), at the beginning of the 1990s, we have found ourselves on the front lines of a war on the poor that has been of central importance to the implementation of broader neoliberal austerity. In Canada, the undermining of these income support systems, both … Keep reading »

  • The Neoliberal Danger of Basic Income

    The Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) has drawn up the following statement on basic income (BI). It makes the case that, progressive hopes to the contrary notwithstanding, BI is being developed as a measure of neoliberal attack that should be opposed. We invite progressive organizations and individuals who hold positions in agencies and academic institutions, … Keep reading »

  • Bursting at the Seams

    Toronto — 10 November 2016. A short video on the crisis of brutal overcrowding in Toronto’s homeless shelters and a call to action. This video had it’s premiere outside the building where Toronto’s Mayor John Tory lives in somewhat better circumstances. News coverage by NOW, and pictures. See “Ontario’s Austerity Government Sets Basic Income Trap” … Watch video »

  • Brighter Prospects — For Cheap Labour

    OCAP Statement on the Report of the Commission for theReview of Social Assistance in Ontario Over the last eighteen years, people on social assistance in Ontario have seen their real income levels fall by 56 per cent. For the last nine years, the Liberal Government of Dalton McGunity, while actually pushing people deeper into poverty, has … Keep reading »

  • The Right to Dissent: Day of Action For Civil Liberties

    During the G20 Summit in Toronto on June 26 and 27, 2010, more than $1.2-billion was spent on a reported 20,000 police and security officers, a 5-metre fence, and new weapons designed to stifle dissent and silence public opposition. Despite threats of new crowd dispersal weapons and dubious claims that police were granted extraordinary powers … Keep reading »