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Kitchener council to vote on universal basic income, FCM proposal

Kitchener city councillor Bill Ioannidis wants the Ontario government to partner with the federal government to establish a universal basic income
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Citing the economic devastation that has already occured across Canada due to COVID-19, a Kitchener city councillor wants to see the upper levels of government team up to establish a universal basic income.

Ward 7 councillor Bill Ioannidis will put a motion forward at Monday's special council meeting, which would ask the Ontario government to pursue a partnership with the federal government in the venture.

"A universal basic income would likely have many positive effects," reads the Notice of Motion, "Including reducing poverty, reducing strain on health care and social assistance systems, supporting businesses and the economy, reducing crime, as well as reducing administrative complexity and creating efficiencies for those in need of financial and economic support measures."

If passed, the motion would be forwarded to a number of figures from all three levels of government, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Ontario Premier Doug Ford and all municipalities across Ontario.

Meantime, Ward 1 councillor Scott Davey will put a motion forward, which would ask council to support a Federation of Canadian Municipalities proposal that asks for immediate financial assistance to help municipalities struggling with anticipated deficits.

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