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Social assistance is also known as “income support,” “income assistance,” and “welfare assistance.” These programs are intended to alleviate extreme poverty by providing a monthly payment to people with little or no income or people with disabilities.



Government of Ontario, Ministry of Community and Social Services. “About social assistance in Ontario.” Online: (Retrieved on August 8, 2014)

Hill, Stephen, “Employment Counselling and Poverty.” In Blythe C. Shepard and Priya S. Mani (editors). Career Development Practice in Canada: Perspectives, Principles and Professionalism. Toronto: Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC), 2014, p.244.


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