The City of Thunder Bay has added its voice to those calling for a basic income program in Canada.

City council unanimously voted to advocate for the policy to the federal government on Monday, with councillors arguing it represented a crucial step in eliminating poverty, and would ultimately save governments money.

Coun. Kristen Oliver, who introduced the motion, said she had been alarmed by data on regional household food insecurity recently presented to the Thunder Bay District Board of Health.

The federal government should consider a basic income as part of its COVID-19 recovery strategy to ensure everyone has enough to meet their essential needs, she argued.