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Dear sir:

I would like to congratulate Rainy River District for exceeding last year’s work-for-welfare placement target.

By creating 55 placements last year, Rainy River District helped local welfare recipients get the skills, job experience, and self-confidence they need to move from welfare to work.

Taxpayers demand high standards and the team in Rainy River District has not only met--but exceeded--those standards.

This accomplishment would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of everyone involved. The efforts of senior management, the caseworkers, and the entire welfare staff are making a huge difference in the lives of many people.

I also applaud the welfare recipients who stepped up to the plate and embraced opportunities to work. All of these people deserve a hearty pat on the back for a job well done.

Rainy River District has made solid progress in developing work-for-welfare placements but there’s more to do. We can’t simply declare victory and move on--there are still more than 480,000 people collecting welfare in Ontario.

However, I’m confident that by working together, we can help even more people in Rainy River District gain the pride of independence and the dignity that come with getting a job.

Thanks to the team in Rainy River District for exceeding last year’s work-for-welfare placement target--and for giving people on welfare a chance to break free from the cycle of welfare dependency.

Moving people from welfare to work benefits us all.

I wish you every success in the future.


John Baird, MPP

Minister, Community

and Social Services

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