A Guaranteed Livable Income (GLI) has been piloted elsewhere most notably in Manitoba where the subsequent analysis has shown substantial benefits for persons on low income and the community. A demonstration of GLI is planned in the PEI portion of our Diocese. An electronic petition has been established to request federal government collaboration. The petition closes for signature on July 2.
The petition asks:
1. Begin immediate negotiations with the Government of P.E.I. for the development and implementation of a GLI project for P.E.I.; and 2. Ensure that all federal transfer payments that support provincially funded services and programs remain in place during these negotiations, regardless of any initiatives on a GLI that are implemented by the Government of P.E.I.
You can sign the petition electronically at:
Background on the PEI GLI demonstration
- In November 2020, the Prince Edward Island Legislature Special Committee on Poverty tabled a report calling for the creation of a guaranteed livable income (GLI) programme for Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.).
- This report has the support of all political parties in P.E.I. to establish a demonstration of a GLI project in that province.
- PEI is developing their request to the Federal government for what they will require for establishing the province-wide GLI.
Two GLI Bills (C – 223 and S – 233) are currently under debate in Parliament and both aim to develop policies establishing the procedure for the implementation of a GLI nation-wide. Thus it is very timely to send the PEI petition to the House to establish a GLI for that province which could set the pattern for a Federal program.