The government has rightly recognized that people need financial assistance during these difficult times. We are very supportive of the government’s legislation, passed last week, that’s meant to help. But Canada could be doing much more to provide financial support quickly and effectively in this time of crisis. And we already have the tools in place.

We should be implementing universal income — money that is sufficient to meet basic needs and provide stability, sent directly to Canadians below a certain income threshold.

After the city of Montreal said it will step up measures to protect the city’s most vulnerable, Montreal shelter organizations called on the Quebec government to provide more financial aid as well.

“Donations are drying up and expenses are going up, so we’re in a bad situation,” said Matthew Pearce, Old Brewery Mission president and CEO.

Pearce is calling for more provincial funding from the Legault government.