Basic income the answer to food insecurity

The Independent

Newfoundland and Labrador has the highest rate of household food insecurity among all Canadian provinces, and advocates say things might not get better soon if the government doesn’t heed the advice of the province’s own Health Accord.

Josh Smee, CEO of provincial food security advocacy group Food First NL, was happy to see the Liberals allocate $3 million in last month’s provincial budget to expand school food programming, triple the provincial component of the child benefit, and introduce a new prenatal-early childhood nutrition supplement — all of which are part of the Liberals’ new poverty reduction plan.

Smee also says the government “is not doing enough,” and that it needs to implement a universal basic income program. It’s something the province’s 2022 Health Accord also calls for. 

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