Opposition calls for more financial support for Islanders, including targeted basic income

CBC News

P.E.I.’s Official Opposition is calling on the government to provide more financial supports to Islanders and businesses struggling throughout the holidays because of increasingly tight COVID-19 restrictions.

The Green Party of P.E.I. is asking the provincial government to provide income supports to workers whose hours have been reduced due to new restrictions and those who have to stay home and take care of children while schools move to online learning until at least Jan. 10

The Opposition is also calling for better access to rapid test kits

Trish Altass, Opposition critic for economic growth, tourism and culture, said it’s good to see the federal government expanding pandemic financial supports to individuals and businesses, but the provincial government should do the same.  

“The amount of money … that some workers will be able to access is still very low and will be putting many workers in a challenging position this holiday season,” Altass said.

As per current COVID-19 restrictions in P.E.I., capacity in public spaces such as restaurants, retailers, gyms and theatres is limited to 50 per cent. 

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