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Send a Message to Your Candidates/Ontario Party Leaders

computer mouseCopy and paste this message and email it to your provincial candidates and Ontario party leaders to spread the message that you want to see income-based solutions to end food insecurity and poverty in your community.

Dear (Name of MPP/MP):

Everyone needs enough money to meet their basic needs with dignity and put food on the table. But too many of our friends, family members and neighbours experience food insecurity because of poverty; they worry there's not enough to eat because of lack of money. 

Food insecurity is a serious social and public health problem for our community and the province. In Haliburton County, Northumberland County and the City of Kawartha Lakes, 13.5 per cent of households struggle to pay their rent and buy decent food without going deeper into debt every month. Food insecurity affects their physical and mental health, and their ability to have a decent quality of life.

Every level of government has a role to play in helping people living in poverty to get the food, housing, and other basic needs they require to be healthy. Food banks and charity programs provide some short term relief but they are not the answer to food insecurity and poverty.

Income is one solution to food insecurity and poverty. I commend the three-year Ontario Basic Income Pilot study currently in progress to test if a basic income is an effective and sustainable way to reduce poverty. The results of the Basic Income Pilot Study could reveal significant improvements in the lives of low income Ontarians. 

The Ontario Basic Income Pilot is a start, but more needs to be done.  I urge you to stand behind income solutions like a basic income guarantee, increases to the minimum wage that are reflective of a living wage, and immediate increases to social assistance rates. There also needs to be job creation, improvements to employment standards, more affordable housing, licensed child care, and public transporation.

Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to your response and am greatly interested in what your party is doing to address poverty.

(Your Name)


Key Contacts

Provincial Candidates in this Area

Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock Riding

Northumberland-Peterborough South Riding

Party Leaders

Doug Ford, Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario

Andrea Horwath, Leader of the New Democratic Party of Ontario

Mike Schreiner, Leader of the Green Party of Ontario

Kathleen Wynne, Leader of the Liberal Party of Ontario