Sudbury letter: Canada needs a basic income program

Sudbury Star

I have worked most of my working life with folks living in the low-income community. This lifestyle is not an easy space to live in; $5 for hotdogs on hotdog day is a crisis and brings tears to mom and kindergartener (but that passes because the child never asks again).

This happens every day. Canada’s wealth inequality has widened and the cost of living has increased a great deal in the past five years. More people are getting stuck in the low-income trap.

What do I mean by a trap? Most people living slightly above the poverty line are one illness, one accident, one renoviction, one job loss, one small increase in interest rates, one car accident away from low income and daily stress.

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