A basic income would help solidify the county’s food security. That’s one of the takeaways from a presentation by The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit to County Council today, highlighting municipalities’ roles in taking action on food insecurity.

The presentation highlighted that municipalities are already taking action in addressing food insecurity in the region The Health Unit indicates steps taken in affordable housing, living wages, and policies to attract quality jobs are all helping with the issue, but add more could be done. The presentation highlights how keeping Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot could mitigate the effects, by providing more money for food. Social assistance rates that match real living costs and are indexed to inflation would also help, as would policies that encourage good jobs with regular hours and benefits.