On March 11, Green Party Leader tabled a motion to further increase social assistance rates and implement basic income guarantee pilot in New Brunswick.
The motion urges the Legislative Assembly to take three concrete actions:
- To conduct a comprehensive review of social assistance legislation, regulations, and policy in New Brunswick and report back to the Legislature by June 1, 2020;
- To immediately increase social assistance rates by 16.51% for single individuals on transitional assistance and 8.27% for other recipients to account for the loss of purchasing power since they were last raised, and then index the rates to inflation;
- To pursue a basic income guarantee pilot project in New Brunswick with the participation of the federal government.