The local health unit has thrown its support behind the idea of transforming the current Canada Emergency Response Benefit into a basic income for all Canadians.

At its June meeting, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit board members discussed and unanimously endorsed the proposal that has been put forward by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

Medical officer of health Dr. Lynn Noseworthy says, during the basic income pilot launched in 2017, there was a great deal of positive feedback. The benefits are even greater given the COVID-19 pandemic as it has worsened the impact on people experiencing health inequities.