Guaranteed Livable Income Vigil

Event details

  • April 8, 2021
  • 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

basic income

Carolyn Bennett Online Vigil for a Guaranteed Liveable Income

April 8 at 12:30pm:

Meeting ID: 875 2571 4515
Passcode: 255388

Light a Flame for a Guaranteed Livable Income

The COVID 19 pandemic has emphasized the inequities that exist within our country and has shown that poverty can happen to anyone. Islington United Church is beginning an initiative to address poverty in Canadian society. A working group composed of Mark Aitchison, Lynne Bullock, Joan Hunter (co-chair) Donna Leslie, Lott Mamabolo, Nadia Reece, Magdalena Vanderkooy (co-chair), and Lynn Valdegamo (secretary) held an initial meeting in March, 2021.

Since 1972, The United Church of Canada has advocated a policy of guaranteed livable income (GLI). A GLI is a payment to individuals or families by government that covers the cost of basic necessities (food, shelter, transportation and community participation). Since then, national and international studies and programs have shown that a GLI is both affordable and has beneficial effects in the areas of health, justice, education and social welfare.

On Thursday, April 8 at 12:30 pm local time on the eve of the national Liberal and New Democratic Party conventions, the United Church of Canada (UCC) is asking Canadians across the country to share a picture of a lit candle at that time on your social media networks. People are also invited to take action by writing to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Chrystia Freeland and your own member of Parliament. You can find your MP’s contact information by entering your postal code on the Parliament of Canada website. You may also find additional information about the Guaranteed Livable Income by going to The United Church of Canada website. Learn more here.

In this video, Moderator Richard Bott invites you to call for a Guaranteed Livable Income NOW.