With inflation rising and many people out of work, especially in the face of new restrictions and closures in many provinces, life is getting more and more unaffordable for Canadians. Now, media reports have uncovered that third-party grocery delivery apps are charging more for the already inflated grocery prices Canadians are paying.
“People are worried about the cost of everyday life, and the pandemic has only made it more difficult for those already struggling to get by,” said Premier John Horgan. “This year, our government will continue working to bring down costs for people and their families so we can build a stronger B.C. for everyone.”
Immigration is vital to the future of communities across the country, and nowhere more so than Atlantic Canada. Over the past few years, the Atlantic Immigration Pilot has brought and retained thousands of newcomers to the region. These new Canadians have helped communities thrive, businesses prosper and the region’s population grows.
Over 20,000 Canadians have died of overdoses in the last five years and, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the opioid overdose epidemic has gotten even worse. Yesterday, the NDP’s critic for mental health and addictions, Gord Johns, introduced a private member’s bill to tackle this emergency by decriminalizing personal possession and taking a health-based approach to substance use.
As the pandemic continues and the cost of living steadily rises, the federal government is cutting low-income seniors and families off from the benefits they need to pay their rent and groceries. A report released today from the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) confirms that inequality is increasing in Canada.