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Basic Needs

Basic Needs are the basic requirements for sustaining life and well-being. Some argue that public services should ensure that all basic needs are met.

Usually considered basic needs.

Sometimes considered basic needs

related issues:anti-poverty.full employmentBasic Income.

Position: A basic needs initiative.


The object of a basic needs initiative is to support a range of community-based targeted programs? that in combination, will provide the essentials of life for all canadians. The government should enact legislation to integrate the delivery of federal, provincial and municipal social support services. Our government will eliminate the gaps and tangles in our social safety net, making it easier for Canadians to find and receive help.

In order to do this we can:

  • Enhance the existing network of foodshare, school nutrition, field to table and food bank programs to eliminate hunger and malnutrition in Canada within the next five years.
  • Create a new CMHC program that will provide financing assistance to low income housing developments managed by communities and municipalities.
  • Integrate the protection of human rights with the delivery of employment and social services.
  • Create a national hotline for reporting illegal work conditions, sweatshops, workplace harassment and discrimination.
  • Legislate an end to discriminatory benefits, based on full-time, part-time and casual employment status.
  • Reform unemployment insurance to provide coverage for those who are fired for unjust reasons or who are forced to quit.
  • Provide resources to local community groups to ensure that essential communications and financial needs and services are met. Every Canadian should have community access to a mailbox, a telephone, a computer, the internet, an email address and a bank account.
  • Work with all levels of government to improve access to government programs, by introducing “kiosks” in shopping malls and post offices that allow access to provincial, municipal and federal services.



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