Poverty Task Force/United Way Community Update # 90


Dear Colleagues, 

The Bruce Grey Poverty Task Force is looking to Ontario’s political parties to ensure the fundamentals that enable people and families to achieve financial, physical, and mental health: income security, affordable housing, and equitable access to health and social services.

We all face financial risk at times. An unexpected loss of income can be devastating. We need income solutions to overcome setbacks, stay well, manage transitions and create opportunities.  We know that: 

  • Poverty is not neutral.
  • Poverty is not complex, life is. 
  • Poverty is the single largest determinant of health.

We can decide that a guaranteed income is available to everyone! We can support a living wage that ensures people can afford their basic needs. 

Our Basic Income Working Group has created a series of postcards that we encourage partners to use: 

  • Upload these postcards on your social media (website, Facebook, twitter, etc). 
  • Create a series of blog posts using these postcards.
  • Print out and post at your organization.
  • Consider ways of engagement to discuss income solutions with Provincial Candidates.
  • Attend All Candidates debates for Simcoe-Grey, Grey-Bruce-Owen Sound and Huron-Bruce.
  • Ask your Provincial Candidates – “What income solutions is your party advocating for?”  “Where do you stand on a basic income and/or living wage?”
  • Check to see if your Provincial Candidates have signed the Basic Income Pledge. 


Here are just a few opportunities, please let us know of other opportunities! 

Bruce – Grey- Owen Sound Riding

  • 12 May 2022: All Candidates Debate, Harmony Centre, Owen Sound, 7pm
  • 14 May 2022 –  meet the candidate event at Kelso Beach, Owen Sound, 11am-2pm
  • Rogers TV/Politically Speaking are interviewing candidates and you can watch their interviews here.

Huron Bruce Riding

  • 15  May 2022: meet the candidate event at Centennial Park, Walkerton, 11am – 2pm

Simcoe-Grey Riding


  • Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) has released their 2022 Provincial Election strategy: Advancing Ontario’s Prosperity which focuses on provincial-municipal cooperation and accountability on affordable housing, climate change, transportation, mental health and addictions. AMO has created an Ontario Elections Watch Page
  • Ontario Municipal Social Services Association (OMSSA) has created an Ontario Elections Tracker which outlines party platforms as they relate to human services.  
  • Vital Focus on Housing Report: the Community Foundation Grey Bruce along with partners released its report. The report aims to prompt conversation and broaden awareness around issues that our community is facing related to housing. 

Stay well, Jill