MMIWG2S advocates call for universal basic income to be top issue in 2021 federal election

CBC News

The push for a universal basic income is top of mind during this federal election campaign for many people who work with Indigenous women, girls and gender diverse people.

“It would definitely help save a lot of lives,” said Bianca Moar.

Moar is from Big Grassy First Nation, Ont., and a support worker at Velma’s House. The safe space based in West Broadway helps women and those who identify as such if they’re experiencing violence or homelessness.

“I myself was an addict and a sex trade worker, and I was in the low-income range,” said Moar.

“If I was to have the peace of mind of having that income — knowing that my rent’s going to get paid, my bills are going to get paid, I’m going to have money to get to work, get to my programs, get to school, get my kids to daycare — it would definitely be different.”

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