Region of Waterloo will discuss basic income guarantee

By Melissa Murray

Regional councillors will discuss asking the federal government to start a dialogue about a basic income guarantee for all Canadians later this year.

Coun. Elizabeth Clarke asked that staff prepare a report and resolution for consideration by regional councillors. It’s expected to return to committee in late April or early May.

“There is a growing movement of municipalities, as well as provinces and territories, that are putting some pressure on the federal government to look at this,” Clarke said in an interview last week. 

Although not a municipal issue, Clarke said municipalities are “picking up the bodies that fall through the cracks.”

In December, Kingston City Council unanimously passed a resolution asking for a national discussion and the development of a basic income guarantee for all Canadians. The resolution was forwarded to all Ontario municipalities. 

To read more visit the Kitchener-Waterloo Record here.