“This place saved my life,” says Peter, sitting in a quiet corner at Montreal’s Old Brewery Mission — the place he’s called home for the past two years.

George Ohana, who works at Montreal’s Old Brewery Mission, says if Quebec wants to tackle poverty, the government should ensure that people like Peter, who lives on social assistance, are among those to get a minimum guaranteed income while they work towards a better future.

But unless the government modifies its much-lauded plan promising to lift 100,000 people out of poverty, Ohana and other anti-poverty advocates are concerned people in circumstances like Peter’s will be overlooked.