OUSA seeks revision of social assistance program criteria for PSE students

February 24, 2012

In its submission to the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance recommends that the employment earnings of full-time PSE students should be immediately exempt from the Ontario Works (OW) income calculations, without a 3-month waiting period. OUSA also calls for the elimination of the $100 boarder's fee for all PSE students who live with family members on OW or the Ontario Disabilities Support Program, irrespective of earnings. Another recommendation is to have eligibility for the student-loan Repayment Assistance Plan to be based on net income after social assistance deductions. OUSA also recommends that the province should broaden the definition of permanent disability used to assess eligibility for the Ontario Student Assistance Program and the Repayment Assistance Plan for Borrowers with a Permanent Disability to ensure it does not unjustly exclude people with mental illness. OUSA News | Submission