‘Together we can end poverty’: United Way report calls for higher minimum wage and guaranteed basic income

Peterborough Examiner

Income and social assistance rates are insufficient as the gap between these and the cost of living rises each year, according to a new United Way report.

On Tuesday, United Way Peterborough and District (UWPD) released its The Gap: Income (In)Adequacy Report 2024, at its Stewart Street office. Due to the widening gap in income and the cost of living, the report campaigns for a higher minimum wage, guaranteed basic income, and more certified living wage employers, explained Jim Russell, CEO of UWPD.

“If governments are there to serve people and build community, then surely built into that notion is the idea of a minimum standard of living that all have access to,” he said. “I think what this report today reflects is that covenant of service is being strained, because of the economy, because of the lack of access to opportunity for people, and because of the lack of — specifically — income.”

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