Outcome: Increased income for Region of Peel residents, particularly those of lowest income.
- Percentage of eligible families receiving appropriate entitlements
- Amount of increased income for residents involved in the Community Benefits Strategy
According to 2015 tax-filer data, approximately 16% of Peel residents are living in poverty. Poverty is associated with negative health and social outcomes. In order to take steps to reduce poverty during this Term of Council, the Region of Peel is seeking ways to ensure that low-income Peel residents receive the benefits they are eligible for.
In 2017, we:
- Served 21,174 clients (an additional 3,000+) at Region of Peel and community income tax clinics, maximizing their incomes through the File your Taxes for Free, Get your Benefits Now Strategy.
- An increase of 22,040 (16%) of families in Peel received the new Canada Child Benefit in 2017 compared to 2016.1
- Piloted a Community Benefits Strategy to explore how to embed Community Benefits clauses into our vendor agreements. This pilot has allowed us to understand and apply learned lessons towards our Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy that will be completed in two to three years.
1 This increase can also be attributed to a change by the Federal government to the child benefit program.