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Canada can end poverty and shrink inequality by adding an annual basic income of $22K, new report says

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

“Basic income in Canada is not a question of possibilities, but of priorities… It is clear from child and seniors’ benefits that basic income works for many Canadians already. The federal government’s priority now must be to take leadership to make it work for everybody”… “We say we want to do something about poverty. And yet we give away $122 billion worth of tax expenditures every year to people who aren’t anywhere close to the poverty line…”

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Bump in low-income rates expected as Statistics Canada set to redraw poverty line

Monday, December 23rd, 2019

The measure calculates the minimum a person or family would have to earn to afford a basket of goods and services needed to reach a modest or basic living standard… federal officials would decide “on the actions to be taken” with Statscan’s recommendations, including which to implement, and which to send for more research when it comes to making the changes. A final report from Statscan is expected in February.

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Can we ensure everyone has an affordable life?

Wednesday, December 11th, 2019

Health is the great equalizer. No matter where we’re from, what our values are, what our age or our political beliefs, we all want to have a healthy and long life. And if we agree on that, then we can say affordability is about the amount and type of resources we need to live a healthy and thriving life… Individual income is only one component of a broader social safety net that supports a thriving population; employers, government and community all play pivotal roles too.

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New Study Shows Canada Child Benefit Provides Additional Benefit for Food Security

Friday, November 22nd, 2019

CCB has supported a 1/3 reduction in severe food insecurity for low-income families; Modest changes to income can impact food security; If Individuals with low-income receive more money, they spend it on basic necessities like food; Income transfers help people meet their basic needs… If we address food insecurity for children and families, we will give individuals a path out of poverty and reduce costs in other areas.

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The case for finally adopting a universal basic income

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

Why not simplify these programs and centre human dignity within our social safety net?… We’ve got to reimagine our economy in a way that measures work, not jobs, in a way that puts human dignity at the centre of policy rather than racing to the bottom. We’ve also got to ensure that women’s economic empowerment is at the centre of this discussion rather than creating a gender blind program.

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Report aims to put poverty on the agenda in federal election campaign

Monday, October 7th, 2019

… the problem persists in all 338 federal ridings, with First Nations and recent immigrant children impacted the most… In the 68 ridings with the highest rates of child poverty, an average of 32 per cent of children — more than 400,000 — are growing up poor… Twenty-nine ridings with the highest child poverty rates are in Ontario, with 14 of them in Toronto.

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Hunger in Canada is primarily an income problem

Friday, October 4th, 2019

… when people qualify for the Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Supplement at 65, their risk of food insecurity declines by 50 per cent. Similarly, in Newfoundland and Labrador, food insecurity rates among social assistance recipients decreased by almost half following an increase in income support rates.

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Reversal of provincial welfare cuts hailed as victory for municipalities and advocates

Friday, October 4th, 2019

Municipalities, along with refugee services, community agencies and health care providers warned that without the monthly benefit of up to $230 per child, these low-income families would be forced into homelessness… But… the relief may be short-lived, adding the government’s “open-ended social services review remains a cause for serious concern and ongoing vigilance.”

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Health care, social service groups unite to fight Ford government’s proposed welfare changes

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

An unprecedented coalition of more than 80 Ontario health care and social service organizations is urging the Ford government to reverse a proposed welfare change that could deny disability support to tens of thousands of people with cancer, HIV and mental illness. “Changing the definition of disability could compromise the health of people across the province and negatively impact overall well-being,” they say…

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Is Ford government reconsidering welfare cuts? Provincial directive fuels speculation

Tuesday, September 24th, 2019

The Ford government has directed municipalities to “destroy” more than 240,000 inserts to October welfare cheques outlining previously announced cuts to social assistance this fall… The insert to be destroyed includes notification that the $67 million Transition Child Benefit, is being eliminated Nov. 1. It also includes information about changes to earnings exemptions…

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