Kitchener council pressing province, feds for universal basic income

Kitchener Today

It's all about creating options for those without a source of income during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kitchener city council has endorsed a motion, asking the Ontario government to pursue a partnership with their federal counterparts to establish a Universal Basic Income (UBI).

Ward 7 councillor Bil Ioannidis put the motion forward Monday, saying he wanted to get the conversation going, and wants a broader discussion on the topic.

He says UBI could be an option for helping those who are still without a job during this pandemic, making it a possibility to help them out.

Ioannidis says at this rate, things are going to be the way they are until they find a vaccine.

"Until we find that vaccine, businesses are still going to be suffering, people are going to lose their jobs or continue to be unemployed," he adds.

"So, how are we going to service all these people? How will we help them?"

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