Quebecers who have a severely limited capacity to work will gradually be able to access a guaranteed minimum income beginning next year, Premier Philippe Couillard's government announced Sunday.
The measure is part of a $3-billion action plan to fight poverty and promote "economic inclusion," but falls short of offering a basic income for all Quebecers, a demand of many anti-poverty groups.
An estimated 84,000 Quebecers would qualify for the minimum income measure, largely those with physical and intellectual disabilities.
Of the 84,000, the vast majority are single people, long a neglected demographic when it comes to poverty reduction programs in Quebec.
By next year, they will see their government assistance increased by at least $73 per month. That figure will reach $440 per month by 2023, bringing their annual guaranteed minimum to $18,029.
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