PC MPP 'certain' that health will improve under basic income pilot

Roderick Benns

Member of Provincial Parliament Laurie Scott says she is certain that as incomes increase under a basic income, or through finding a better job, this will lead to improved health for Lindsay-area residents.

The Progressive Conservative MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock says she is “glad Lindsay was chosen” and that she welcomes the basic income pilot.

A basic income ensures everyone an income sufficient to meet basic needs and live with dignity, regardless of work status. The three-year study that Lindsay was chosen for will test how a basic income might expand opportunities and job prospects for those living on low incomes, while providing greater security for them and their families. About 10 per cent of Lindsay residents will receive a basic income guarantee.

Scott, who was a registered nurse before she began her political career, says the link between poverty and income is clear. In fact, income has been identified by Health Canada as the single most important determinant of health.

 

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