March 24, 2020
Today, Canada is facing a crisis of unprecedented proportions. Millions of Canadians are at risk of losing their livelihoods and housing due to job loss from the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on our economy. Many have already been affected with tens of thousands of layoffs across the country and Employment Insurance claims skyrocketing to ten times their normal level.
Unprecedented times call for unprecedented action. We, a coalition of the BC Ecosocialists, ACORN Canada, Democratic Socialists of Canada, and Courage call on the federal, provincial, and local governments to enact the following policies to provide relief for Canadian families and workers:
An immediate moratorium on evictions and foreclosures.
Immediate moratorium on utility and telecommunications shut-offs due to non-payment.
Immediate suspension of rent. Any rent that would have been due during the pandemic period must be forgiven.
Immediate suspension of mortgage and property tax payments. Mortgage interest must be frozen during the pandemic period.
Emergency subsistence payments sufficient to cover essentials (food, medications, telecommunications) must be made to all people in Canada.
Anything less than the full implementation of these demands is a failure of government to uphold its most sacred obligation; the protection of the people in times of great crisis and an abdication of their moral responsibility to ensure Canadians are safe and secure.
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