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The Transition from "Mother-Carer" to "Mother-Worker"
Ontario’s welfare-to-work policy was not shaped by neoliberal reform alone. It was influenced by ideas on “good” mothering, and imposed these values into policy.
Welfare-to-Work Programs Hold a Contradicting Effect on Parents and Their Families' Wellbeing
Social assistance reforms have tried to combat unemployment and poverty by tying welfare benefits to labour. However, welfare-to-work programs offer little gain for parents who have to balance between work and caregiving demands.
Welfare-to-Work Makes Lone Mothers More Vulnerable to Social and Economic Insecurity
Welfare-to-work policies have exposed lone mothers to greater social and economic insecurity. Thus, they are turned into greater “risks” rather than managers of risk.