The Canada Emergency Response Benefit has helped people with low incomes live better during the COVID-19 pandemic and showed that a guaranteed basic income is achievable, says the manager of the Nourish Project in Peterborough.

The federal government announced Tuesday it will provide eight extra weeks of benefits for people whose jobs or earnings have vanished because of the pandemic, but only if they look for work and take jobs when it’s reasonable to do so.

“It was amazing how the government could react so quickly and really stipulated that you need a minimum of $2,000 a month to be able to meet your basic needs,” said Joelle Favreau, manager of the Nourish Project which aims to help people in need eat more healthy food through local eating, cooking and growing programs.