Early in the term, Nate advocated for an increase to benefits for the working poor and to make the same benefits automatic so that more people would receive them.
The government listened. The new Canada Workers Benefit increased existing supports by $500 million per year, and made it automatic at a cost of another $200 million per year. An additional 70,000 people are expected to be lifted out of poverty.
Chairing the all-party anti-poverty caucus, Nate organized a series of meetings on income insecurity, inequality, childcare, and basic income. Locally, he co-hosted an anti-poverty roundtable with community organizations, Toronto-Danforth MP Julie Dabrusin, and Minister Duclos.
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