The federal government is considering making it a criminal offence to provide financial assistance or other support to people in need in the province.
The new policy comes as Ottawa faces an unprecedented wave of homelessness.
The new policy is part of an effort by Finance Minister Pierre Poilievre to crack down on the growing number of people who are in poverty and living in temporary housing.
In his recent budget, Poilivre announced a $500 million fund for housing for people who need help with rent or other expenses, with a $250 million commitment for social support.
The government is also proposing to increase the maximum amount that a person can receive in provincial social assistance to $600 per month, or $400 per week.
The money will go toward supporting homeless and low-income seniors, children and parents.
But some people say it’s a slippery slope, and a way to make sure the government doesn’t go too far.
“It makes me feel like the federal government doesn.
It seems to me it’s going to be a way for the government to get its way,” said Kevin Hannon, executive director of the Toronto-based Citizen Fund.
“It’s really a slippery-slope policy, and I think it’s really dangerous for people, particularly in Ontario.”
The proposal was revealed as the government prepared to release its budget for 2019-20, which has already been released online.
Hannon says it’s already starting to hit people with the hammer.
I can tell you, when we first talked to him, he had just gotten up to go to work, he said.
“The government had just said that this is the time to make this change.”
“The problem with this proposal is that it will go on for two years.
So what’s the end-date?” he asked.
“When do you want to end this?”‘
The federal government has done nothing to solve the problem’Hannon argues that if the government wants to make the change, it should take some of the money it is spending on social assistance and put it into housing for the homeless.
He’s not alone in his frustration.
Peter MacKenzie, the executive director for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, is calling on the government “to make a real change” to the law.
We need to do more, he told CBC News.
“We need the federal governments involvement in helping the homeless and the vulnerable to be recognized as a legitimate response to the crisis, not a partisan issue.”‘
We are seeing a massive spike’In a statement issued late Tuesday, the federal Treasury Board said it would work with the provinces and territories to ensure that the government provides housing to people experiencing homelessness and other needs in a timely and sustainable manner.
The government has been working with the departments of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, Social Development and Social Development Canada, the Indigenous Advisory Council, and the Social Affairs and Skills Development Canada to address the problem.
The department said that it is also working with provincial and territorial governments to find ways to support the homeless, particularly Indigenous people and those in vulnerable communities.
Government and charities are also taking steps to support vulnerable people in poverty, including expanding the eligibility requirements for food stamps and other social assistance.
The federal department also has stepped up efforts to address homelessness in communities with large Indigenous populations.
In May, the department announced it would make housing for Aboriginal people a priority, with $250,000 to support a housing assistance plan in Ontario and $300,000 for a housing program in Quebec.
For the most part, however, Ottawa has been silent about the problems facing Indigenous communities.
“The federal and provincial governments have been silent for too long,” MacKannon said.
It’s time for Ottawa to come to the table and say what we’re doing.
‘We’re in the middle of a housing crisis’Hanni MacLeod, a social worker in Winnipeg, is one of those who feels like Ottawa has made little headway.
MacLeod works with the Manitoba Housing and Community Development Corp. and she says it is frustrating that Ottawa is not taking action to help Indigenous people.
“The issue is that the federal and the provincial governments are in the midst of a major housing crisis.
And the federal budget is the only thing we have to show for it,” MacLeod said.”
This is an issue that’s not going away.
We’re in a housing crunch.
We have housing shortages, there are housing crises in many communities in our province.
We are seeing massive spikes in the number of emergency room visits and deaths.”
Macleod is also concerned about the future of her son.
She said she has to rely on the social worker who is also her landlord to keep her son from being evicted from his own home.
As she has no other choice, MacLeod says she will have to look for a new place to live, if she can.
CBC News contacted the Manitoba Human Rights Commission for comment on the policy, but the