Haliburton, Kawartha Pine Ridge Health Unit becomes latest to endorse basic income

By Jenna Van Draanen

A local health unit in Ontario, Canada — the Haliburton, Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit — has recently endorsed the concept of a basic income guarantee, joining the ranks of many local health units in Ontario who have done the same, such as the Simcoe Muskoka and Sudbury District Health Units.

The health units agree that a guaranteed minimum income could give families living in poverty the ability to meet their basic needs.

The Haliburton, Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit notes that a basic income guarantee could have “health promoting effects, and reduce health and social inequities” and “is considered to have merits as an effective policy option.” Many other public health organizations in Ontario are saying the same thing.

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