People should be able to afford to live a basic life with dignity.
The current income support system amounts to a poverty trap and still leaves many to fall through the cracks;
Canadian data from basic income pilot projects has shown that such programs increase public health, foster improvements in nutrition, improve mental health and well-being, lower the immense public costs associated with poverty, encourage entrepreneurship, and allow people to pursue education and training;
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has calculated that poverty costs this province a total of $959 million dollars a year, in preventable health problems, crime, lost productivity, foregone public revenue, and intergenerational costs; and
The cost of living is rising, and current measures by government are not doing enough to combat inflation.
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