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Money and Income

 … of the Simcoe Muskoka population live in low income .

Our health is determined by a lot of things, but research shows that money is the most important. That’s because it influences other living conditions, including access to health services, education, safe and affordable housing, and nutritious, affordable food. Having money can also contribute to a sense of community belonging, which is also connected to health. People with less money have higher rates of chronic disease, use the health care system more often, and are more likely to die earlier than those with more money.

What can be done?

Individuals can:

  • Learn about what it’s like to live in poverty. Check out the Bridges out of Poverty program offered locally
  • Write to your provincial and federal government representatives asking them to take steps to address income inequality and poverty.

Governments can:

  • Transform the social assistance system to ensure all people are able to live free from poverty, with good health, dignity and respect
  • Provide a guaranteed basic income. A basic income is a payment to eligible families or individuals that ensures a minimum income level, regardless of employment status.


Low Income and Health Report- updated version 2015[WM4] 

Basic Income Canada Network.


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