Letter of Support for Bill-26, the Fee Waivers Act

March 28, 2018

Below is a letter of support for Bill-26, the Fee Waivers Act. Please copy and paste this letter into your email, add your organization name and electronic signature and send to Anna Majetic at amajetic@liberal.ola.org. Alternatively, you can copy and paste this letter into a Word document, add your organization name, print, sign, scan and email back to Anna. Thank you for your support!

 

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Dear MPP Kiwala,

 

 

I am writing to you today on behalf of [Organization] to share our support for your Bill 26 – Fee Waivers Act. I believe that this legislation is necessary to enhance access to photo cards and birth certificates for individuals who cannot afford to pay the associated fees.

           

Low-income members of the community are disproportionately susceptible to losing their government-issued identification or having it stolen. Having their identification replaced can be an especially stressful and challenging situation for all those involved.  In order to rectify the situation, service providers and charitable organizations often have to turn to creative solutions on a case-by-case basis and may have limited resources.

 

If help is not available, individuals may resort to living without identification. This has serious impacts in other aspects of their daily life. Among those who rely on the Ontario Disability Support Program, if an individual cannot access their bank account, they cannot access their disability payments. Some cannot access housing. It has also been reported that perpetrators of domestic violence often withhold their victim’s identification, which leads some victims to live without identification instead of returning home.

 

Removing fees for identification cards for individuals who cannot afford to pay would directly help the most vulnerable individuals in our communities across Ontario. There are precedents for this solution such as; name changes for residential school survivors as part of Ontario’s acknowledgment of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and fee waivers for court matters, including filing fees for Small Claims Court, Superior Court and Family Court. The Landlord and Tenant Board also has the option to waive fees for an applicant seeking to launch a claim. As such, Bill 26 – Fee Waivers Act seeks to further enhance access to photo cards and birth certificates in the province for marginalized and vulnerable individuals who cannot afford to pay the associated fees.

 

In closing, [Organization] is pleased to support Bill 26 – Fee Waivers Act. We look forward to seeing this proposed legislation improve the lives of those seeking government issued ID in the province.  

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

(Organization’s Name)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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