The Newfoundland and Labrador government is launching a basic income program for residents aged 60 to 64, part of a poverty reduction plan announced Wednesday that some advocates say could make a real difference.
Premier Andrew Furey told reporters that the three-year phased plan will streamline the province’s income support program while expanding support for low-income families with children and for people looking to upgrade their skills to leave low-paying jobs.
“The social determinants of health have a far greater impact on well-being than the health-care system itself,” said Furey, who is an orthopedic surgeon. “I’m proud to say that as a government, we are placing a heightened focus on the social determinants of health, both in our spending and our policy directives.”
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