Is income security the next BIG idea?

About 50 community leaders from across York Region gathered in Richmond Hill July 3 to promote the idea of ensuring Canadians have access to a basic income guarantee (BIG) so they have enough money for food and other fundamental needs.

Not only would income security spare people the indignity of going to food banks, but it would reroute taxpayer money now spent on health and social programs while giving low-income earners the opportunity to contribute to their local economies, Queen’s University associate Prof. Elaine Power said.