November 4, 2019
We all need money to provide the basics for living. This includes, at a minimum, money for housing – a place to call home, for food that will fuel our body and mind with energy, health and joy, for clothing, a phone to stay connected, a way to get work or school, for leisure activities, and for prescribed medications when needed.
The following initiatives can assist people in our community living on low incomes to have the basics for living.
Become a Living Wage Employer
Employers can offer employees a living wage and be certified as a Living Wage Employer. A living wage is the hourly wage a worker needs to earn to cover their basic expenses and participate in their community. A living wage is a practical tool for reducing poverty through paid work. The living wage in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark is $17.21.
Apply for a Canada Learning Bond
Parents can apply for the Canada Learning Bond and access up to $2000 without having to add any of their own money to support the dreams of their children in any educational opportunity after high school. Go to www.SmartSaver.org and see what is possible.
Apply for Government Subsidies and Tax Credits
All people have the opportunity to access eligible government programs after filing income taxes each year. Some example are GST/HST Credit, Housing Support, Child Tax Credit, Child Care Fee Subsidy, Canada Pension Plan (CPP/QPP) and Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS). There are volunteer income tax clinics across Leeds, Grenville and Lanark that can help access these subsidies and credits for individuals and their families.
- Learn about the benefits a living wage brings to a community
- Volunteer at a local income tax clinic
- Learn more about the Canada Learning Bond, share the news with family and friends
“When we don’t have money for basic needs like housing, food, clothing and transportation it impacts our health and well-being, and increases the risk of developing health problems.” states Tanis Brown, Registered Nurse.
For more information on health visit our Determinants of Health section or call 1-800-660-5853.
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