By Roderick Benns
The Ontario Mental Health and Addictions Alliance has come down squarely in favour of providing a basic income guarantee for Canadians. In a statement the Alliance points out that a disproportionate number of people with mental illness live in poverty.
“Poverty, in turn, can be a significant risk factor for poor physical and mental health. Too many people with a mental illness can and want to work but are either unable to find employment, are hindered by social assistance programs that penalize them for working, or are employed in minimum-wage work that leaves them below the poverty line,” the release points out.Read more