March 19, 2020
Letter to Premier Higgs and members of the all-party cabinet committee on COVID-19…
Yesterday the federal government unveiled concrete financial measures to help workers weather this crisis. The province needs to do the same for citizens on social assistance.
These citizens receive only one cheque per month (one-third of whom receive only $537 per month), and all are living under the poverty line. In the best of times, they cannot even meet their basic needs. In the present crisis they urgently need an extra financial help from their government
Premier Higgs, in order to help them financially, we are urging you to direct the Department of Social Development to send all caseload recipients (21,857 in March 2020) an extra cheque that would be fifty percent (50%) of their basic rate so that they can buy basic food, extra cleaning supplies and personal hygiene products