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Data source – Peel Social Services

  • Social assistance to residents of Peel Region, as captured by the number of Ontario Works (OW) caseloads, declined during the second quarter of 2017.
  • During the period, the total number of OW caseloads recorded in Peel was 56,142 cases.
  • Measured in terms of monthly average caseloads, this translated into 18,714 cases and compares with a monthly average of 18,763 cases in the second quarter of 2016.
  • This was the first quarterly decline in OW caseloads in Peel since the third quarter of 2013 (15 quarters).
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Data source – Peel Social Services
  • The decline in April to June 2017 followed a quarterly increase of 0.6 per cent in January – March 2017.
  • Over the six month period, the total number of Ontario Works (OW) caseloads recorded in Peel rose 0.1 per cent to 111,617 cases or a monthly average caseload of 18,603 cases during the six month period.
  • Over the six month period, quarterly average caseloads in Peel ranged from a low of 18,337 cases in January to a high of 18,805 in June.
  • These were comparable to the low of 18,289 cases and the high of 18,834 cases in June of the preceding year.
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Data source – Peel Social Services; Labour Market Survey, Statistics Canada
  • While the quarterly decline in quarterly average caseloads in April – June 2017 was a positive development, the level of OW caseloads in Peel remained elevated alongside elevated and well above levels recorded during the 2008-2009 economic downturn.