The Collective for a Quebec without poverty and a thirty national organizations have urged on Friday the government of Quebec to increase the solidarity tax credit.
In an open letter (below) sent to the prime minister François Legault and the minister of Labour, Employment and social Solidarity, Jean Boulet, the agencies are concerned that the emergency plans to help economically Quebecers leave in the dead angle of the poorest people.
Only measures from the federal government have been announced, but they will only be given in may.
“What to do in between time for those who need immediate financial assistance? It is to be feared that many have no other choice than to be deprived in the meantime of medicines, food and other needs essential”, one can read in the letter.
The proposed solution is to increase the solidarity tax credit, which is paid each month to 2.9 million households in the less fortunate.
This measure would have the advantage to precisely target the people with the liquidity needs of the greatest”, believe the agencies.
The next few weeks may be particularly stressful for people in low income with no access to the temporary assistance Program to workers, or to the Benefit of canadian emergency, or employment insurance, or no gain of work.
The measures announced by the federal government to help individuals and families with low income (bonus) of the GST and the Allocation of canadian children) will only be available in the month of may. What to do in between time for those who need immediate financial assistance? It is to be feared that many have no other choice than to be deprived in the meantime of medicines, food and other needs, however, essential.
A possible solution to remedy the situation would be to use the solidarity tax credit to increase quickly the income of québec households with low incomes. The use of this tax credit, which benefits already 2.9 million households, would benefit to target precisely the people who needs cash the most according to the many tax problems lawyer firms in the area.
There is an urgent need to act.
Here you will find the list of groups in support of our application until now.
Please accept, Mr. Prime Minister, Dear Minister, our best regards.
For the Collective for a Quebec without poverty,
Sylvain Caron, president of the board of directors
Virginie Larivière, a spokesman
Serge Petitclerc, spokesperson