All-Party Anti-Poverty Caucus Advances Guaranteed Livable Income as Part of Economic Recovery for All

Posted on January 31, 2021 in Social Security Policy Context


Parliament of Canada – News Release
January 20, 2021.   Ottawa

This week, the All-Party Anti-Poverty Caucus joined together, across the country and across the aisles of both chambers, to consider how to move forward toward Economic Recovery for All. Central to discussions was the common commitment to moving forward with guaranteed livable income, in coming budgets and other parliamentary and intergovernmental initiatives.

At a time when those in need of assistance as well as those providing it find themselves in increasingly dire economic straits, parliamentarians the discussion to examine the need to address glaring gaps in Canada’s social and economic safety net exposed during the pandemic. Integral to this is the role of a national guaranteed livable income in ensuring that Canadians are able to rebound out of poverty during the successive waves of COVID-19 and beyond. Despite partisan differences, there is a common resolve to address poverty that is not a matter of partisan division and all caucus members are concerned about the across parties and Senate groups attended one in ten people who are struggling in poverty in Canada.

The brainchild of former Senator Art Eggleton, the All-Party Anti-Poverty Caucus has been meeting several times each year since it was formed in 2012 to bring together parliamentarians, organizations, and community leaders to identify concrete solutions to end poverty.

Since the onset of the pandemic and the success of measures like the Canada Emergency Response Benefit in providing vital income support, the Caucus has turned its attention to those most in need who have too often fallen through the cracks of emergency and every-day support measures and has advanced a common commitment to supporting increasing calls that the federal government move forward with provinces, territories and Indigenous Peoples to implement guaranteed livable income initiatives.

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