"It certainly wouldn't be an easy thing to do, but if we were to dismantle the existing bureaucracies and put in place a basic income that was administered through the tax system we really believe that it would reduce the overall cost to governments," she said. "At the end of the day, we would be a better off Canada than we are today." Food Banks Canada has seen two other regular requests in its annual HungerCount report become part of the Liberal government's campaign platform: to bring down the cost of food in the territories, and money to build more affordable housing across the country. The Liberals promised $40 million over four years to Nutrition North to help lower food prices in the North, and an affordable housing plan that includes a promise to eliminate the GST on all new rental builds in the country while giving up to $125 million a year to landlords renovating aging rental units. The report found that this past March, 852,137 people visited a food bank, up just over one per cent from the 841,191 recorded in 2014, but still below the 10-year high of 872,379 recorded in 2013. The report this year found that almost 36 per cent of users, or about 305,000, were children. That's equivalent to about 4,260 yellow school buses filled to their 72-seat capacity. Schmidt said food banks also have seen more seniors on pensions and people in receipt of disability benefits. The biggest provincial increase was noticed in Alberta as 67,443 people went to a food bank in March, a 23.4 per cent increase from the 49,766 recorded in the same month one year ago. Food bank use in Saskatchewan stayed flat since last year, while Ontario, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador saw year-over-year declines.
"... if we were to dismantle the existing bureaucracies and put in place a basic income that was administered through the tax system we really believe that it would reduce the overall cost to governments."
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