After having their names and personal details posted on the Internet, five so-called dead-beat dads in Ontario have been shamed into paying family support money.
On February 19 Ontario announced that they were launching a web site featuring parents who didn't pay their family support payments.
Community and Social Services Minister Madeleine Meilleur says the men were tracked down after having their names and personal details posted on the government web site goodparentspay.com. The web site has received nearly seventeen million hits in the past month.
"The government has said it will post up to 25 profiles at a time, and replace them after three months or after a parent agrees to pay.
The Family Responsibility Office has about 188,000 active cases, with each remaining open for an average of 12 years."
There are currently eighteen profiles posted on the web site, which is just one technique the government is using to chip away at the $1.3 billion in arrears owed in Ontario. Other measures include confiscating passports and suspending drivers licenses.