CUC Releases Statement On Guaranteed Income – August 5, 2020

Poverty and economic instability have profound effects on the health, education, social engagement and inclusion, and future economic prospects of those who experience them. Poverty disproportionately affects children, women and racialized and marginalized communities including those with disabilities. In 2018, 8 percent of all children, and 1 in 4 children living in families with single mothers, were living in poverty.

The statistics are far worse for Indigenous communities.  The Assembly of First Nations reported in 2019 the following statistics for children living in poverty: 47% of Status First Nation (53% for those living on reserve and 41% for those living off-reserve); 25% of Inuit children; 22% of Métis children; and 32% of non-status First Nations children.

As Unitarian Universalists, we believe that all Canadian residents, regardless of age, gender, ability or race, deserve to live with dignity. In our affluent country, no one should be forced to make choices between adequate housing, nutritious food, or medical needs.

Continuer reading and download the full statement, a sample letter to send to your MP, and resources for education and other resources

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  • CUC Calls for “Guaranteed Liveable Income” – Westwood Unitarian Congregation

    […] Our statement also includes information for education and reflection, along with a sample letter which can be sent to local Members of Parliament in support of our statement. You can find the CUC statement and related resources in the news section on our website. It was also published in this week’s eNews. Please pass this along to your colleagues and congregations. https://cuc.ca/cuc-releases-statement-on-guaranteed-income-august-5-2020/ ” […]

  • Statement on a Guaranteed livable income | Unitarian Fellowship of Peterborough

    […] The CUC’s National Voice Team has released a statement calling on the federal government to include a Guaranteed Livable Income program in its pandemic recovery plans. The federal government’s swift implementation of the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit program (CERB) demonstrates its recognition of the need for a stable income to weather economic shocks, prioritize health and well-being, and provide a cushion against poverty. These actions now give us a roadmap to help us ensure all Canadian residents can live with security going forward. The statement also includes information for education and reflection, along with a sample letter which can be sent to local Members of Parliament in support of our statement. You can find the CUC statement and related resources here.  […]