People of all economic levels want: a steady income, a home that is safe and affordable; good health care and representatives in government that work together to improve our well-being.
This is further supported in joint submissions from the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) to the Ontario government – An Integrated Approach to Mental Health and Addictions, More Homes for Everyone and We All Win – Diversity on Councils.
BASIC INCOME AND HOUSING
A guaranteed basic income means that everyone’s basic needs are met in a dignified and sustainable way. Jessie Golem’s Humans of Basic Income documents the impact of the Basic Income Pilot in Hamilton, Ontario.
Housing is more than just 4 walls, it is creating a home and foundation for people to thrive in. Bruce County has created an Affordable Housing 101 Toolkit which explains what is affordable housing, zoning policies and the housing needs in Bruce County and each municipality.
The Municipal Role in Housing report (Munk School, 2022) emphasizes the role of municipalities in setting zoning policies and approval processes that can help meet the need for housing in their regions and in facilitating the development of affordable rental housing. They identify the ideal role of municipalities in housing policy, where municipalities currently face constraints, how other orders of government can support municipalities, and where intergovernmental cooperation is needed.
Listen to the voices of the RentSafe Tenant Advisory Committee in My Voice is Power.
Who benefits from a Guaranteed Basic Income?
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Voting and understanding how local government works
It is important to understand the different levels of government and what they are responsible for when voting. Municipal 101 is a great resource on who is responsible for what at all 3 levels of government.
- Voter registration deadlines have passed. Voterlookup.ca is no longer collecting or confirming information for the 2022 municipal and school board elections.
- People should contact the Election Help Desks of each municipality or City to register. The locations and contact numbers can be found on each municipality website. Scroll down below for links to municipality websites
- A person with no fixed address or no internet/phone can be added to the voters’ list. An affidavit for the individual needs to be completed to be added to the voter list, if they don’t have any identification with a qualifying address.
- A person can go to an Election Help Centre before or during the voting period (Oct 14-24) to fill out an affidavit, get added to the voter list and be issued the voter information letter (includes the PIN). If they have no internet access or phone they will be able to vote at the Election Help Centre
- Municipal Election Statistics – a running analysis of previous election results as well as upcoming election 2022.
Centering Anti-Racist and Equity Frameworks in Anti-Poverty Work
Community Voices promote Diversity and Inclusion of People on Low Income in municipal government. We All Live Here (infographic) speaks to the need for more diversity and inclusion in municipal decision-making.
Welcoming Communities Grey Bruce encourages citizens and candidates for municipal office to consider the importance of welcoming and supporting newcomers, immigrants and refugees to our area. Municipal councils can address these concerns by ensuring their local policies and programs do not discriminate against people with diverse backgrounds and can set the tone through welcoming and inclusive policy initiatives.
Welcoming Communities Grey Bruce offers 5 questions for candidates and voters to consider.
“We All Win – Diversity on Council” provides resources and tools on diversity and inclusion on municipal councils (Source: Association of Municipalities of Ontario, 2022).
Tamarack Institute’s Communities Ending Poverty (CEP) members hosted two conversations that explored how members were developing, implementing, and centering anti-racist and equity frameworks in their anti-poverty work.
In Grey Bruce, 27% of municipal positions are held by women, whereas 51% of the Grey Bruce region’s population are women. (Source: 2021 Census Release of Population/ Gender (April 27, 2022 Release).
- electHERnow.ca Grey Bruce is a non-partisan volunteer group committed to gender balance in the municipal government. They provide a breakdown of women municipal representatives for each municipality. They also provide Free online campaign resources for women running in the 2022 Municipal Election.
- As of Sept 6th, 2022 – 80 women have registered to run for municipal office in Grey Bruce. Visit your local municipality’s website for all who are running in your area and then learn more about them.
For voter information and a list of candidates running in each municipality, please visit your local municipality’s website.