A basic living wage, reforms of provincial programs and universal pharma and dental care are among reforms the County is recommending the province consider in its Poverty Reduction Strategy.

Council Tuesday night, gave its approval to fine-tune a letter from Mayor Steve Ferguson responding to the provincial government’s call for input on the strategy, and responses to the ministry’s online survey. The letter is to be sent to Bay of Quinte MPP Todd Smith, Provincial Minister of Children, Communitiy and Social Services.

The letter reminds Smith the County is highly attractive to affluent visitors and newcomers, but struggles with the second highest food insecurity rate in Ontario at 10 per cent of the population, and lower than provincial median household income, among other worrying statistics.