Councillors support efforts to bring back Basic Income Pilot Project

County Live

Mayor of Prince Edward County, Robert Quaiff, sought support of a resolution to urge the provincial government to continue the Basic Income Pilot Project, its planned evaluation, and to create policies to encourage good jobs with regular hours and benefits.

Quaiff, in conversation at the recent AMO Conference with the mayor from Kawartha Lakes, learned the program appeared to be working well (in Lindsay).

 

“They were starting to see some significant changes in their community. They didn’t have the stats yet to be able to prove whether it was good, bad or indifferent, but he gave me the heads up about this resolution coming forward.”

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health indicates the 2016 census shows 13.5 per cent of the population of Prince Edward County lives with low income and studies have shown they are at risk of experiencing lower life expectancy and increased chronic diseases.

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