Council to consider advocating for basic income program

Stratford Today

Stratford City Council will consider advocating for a basic income program. 

At Monday night’s regular council meeting a delegation from United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) and Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) addressed council. 

Ryan Erb, executive director, UWPH, and Candace Cunningham, a dietitian at HPPH, presented results of a survey conducted in November on food insecurity. 

The study found 33 per cent of survey respondents face moderate to severe food insecurity. An overwhelming majority of respondents were employed full-time. 

They advocated for council to do a few things to meet this issue: make the City of Stratford a Living Wage employer ($20.70/hr), advocate for adequate income for all Canadians, support free income tax filing assistance, and offer free sports and recreation activities to those that are living with low income. 

They also recommended that council support a basic income program.

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