The Commission intends to provide the government with well-grounded, evidence-based recommendations consistent with its mandate. To accomplish this, the commission will:
- Draw on the perspectives and input of various stakeholders and communities across Ontario, including people with lived experience, advocacy groups, labour organizations, business and other levels of government. Separate discussions will be held with First Nations to ensure reforms meet their needs and priorities.
- Develop a research agenda and knowledge base that captures key research findings and the experience of other jurisdictions, and engages researchers, academics and technical experts to address gaps in our current understanding.
Engagement with stakeholders and communities will take place in two phases. First, through the release of a Discussion Paper in June 2011, views will be sought to confirm the key issues in social assistance today and to identify possible solutions. Feedback on the paper, including written submissions and conversations in communities, will help inform the development of options and possible approaches.
This input, integrated with findings from the research agenda, will be incorporated into an Options Paper to be released in the late fall. Through this paper, further input and advice from stakeholders and communities will be sought to help frame the Commission’s recommendations to the government.