Poverty committee crunching numbers on basic income guarantee

CBC News

The P.E.I. Legislature's special committee on poverty heard testimony Wednesday on whether it is feasible to create a basic income guarantee for Prince Edward Islanders.

The idea behind a basic income guarantee is to make sure everyone has enough money to live on. Rather than calculating assistance based on ability to work or find a job, people would be guaranteed a certain income under any circumstances.

The committee is working on how the province could afford such a system.

t heard from Karen McCaffrey, the province's director of social programs. McCaffrey said a report released last year found in 2018 P.E.I. had the highest for social assistance in the Maritimes. Those rates increased in January of 2019 and last month.

"For a couple of the categories the highest in the country, for families with two children," she said.

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