Welland city councillors hope to help influence a major change in the way the 14.9 per cent of Canadians living in poverty are assisted.

Councillors Tuesday night added their support to a motion from the City of Kingston to lobby the federal and provincial governments to work towards developing a basic income guarantee for all Canadians.

“People living in poverty right now are vulnerable and they’re open to social difficulties, health issues and more stress,” said Councillor Bonnie Fokkens.

Poverty, she said, can lead to problems in society that cost more to deal with than resolving poverty itself.