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Welcome to the inaugural issue of Voices, a newsletter that offers information about emerging issues, innovative initiatives and an insider’s view into the world of community-governed primary health care.
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Last week Premier Kathleen Wynne announced that Ontario's minimum wage will increase to $11 per hour. But this rate is not high enough to ensure that paid employment lifts people above the poverty line.

Today the Association of Ontario Health Centres (AOHC) joined its voice with a growing number of others calling on the Ontario government to raise the minimum wage so that full-time minimum wage earners are lifted out of poverty.

The Association of Ontario Health Centres is very pleased that the Ontario government is improving and expanding access to public dental programs for low income children.

For the first time, Public Health and Primary Health Care will be hosting a joint conference focused on the shared vision of promoting the best possible health and wellbeing for everyone living in Ontario.
Join us!

AOHC welcomes the Ontario government's announcement of the new Ontario Temporary Health Program which will ensure refugee claimants have access to essential and urgent health care.

The Association of Ontario Health Centres (AOHC) is the voice of community-governed primary health care in Ontario. We share the government’s commitment for a fairer society where every person has the opportunity to achieve his or her full potential for health and wellbeing. Our vision is the best possible health and wellbeing for everyone living in Ontario. We know that reducing and eradicating poverty is essential to achieve this vision.

Recommendations and next steps:

AOHC has a mixed review for the report released last week by Frances Lankin and Munir Sheikh, heads of The Commission for the Review of Social Assistance, called Brighter Prospects: Transforming Social Assistance in Ontario.

The Ontario government has set up an Advisory Panel to recommend approaches for determining future increases to the minimum wage.  The Panel will report back to government in January 2014.

Access to affordable oral health care is a priority issue for AOHC.