The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting every citizen in our province. However, its impact is felt most severely by about half of those on social assistance: single persons considered employable, single persons with designated needs, and single persons with a recognized disability, of which almost half are women.

These citizens receive only one cheque per month. A single person considered employable receives $537 per month, an amount that has not increased since 2010. A single person with designated needs receives $567 per month since 2014, and a single person with a recognized disability $763 per month since 2014. All lost an important part of their purchasing power and all live considerably below the poverty line. In the best of times, they cannot meet their basic needs.