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e-2579 (Social affairs and equality)

Initiated by Marilyn Cox from Vancouver, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons

  • The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating economic impact on Canadians nationwide, especially low to modest income earners, small businesses, gig workers, freelancers, artists, film industry workers, non-salaried workers, and individuals on fixed incomes such as seniors and people with disabilities;
  • Rent, mortgage and utilities payment are due at the end of the month, putting countless Canadians at risk of losing their housing;
  • It is of paramount importance to be able to safely self-quarantine, self-isolate, and practice social distancing at home for the effort to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus;
  • The economic measures announced by the federal government will not flow in time to meet the immediate needs of Canadians and leaves ineligible Canadians falling through the cracks; and
  • Some provinces have enacted moratoriums on evictions while others have not.
We, the undersigned, residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to immediately enact a nationwide rent freeze, eviction freeze, mortgage freeze, and utilities freeze; enforce mortgage deferrals for homeowners without penalty/interest charges from financial institutions; and provide direct assistance in the form of a monthly universal direct payment of $2000 per month for all, with an additional $250 per child immediately until the COVID-19 pandemic is over.
Open for signature
May 7, 2020, at 10:48 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
June 6, 2020, at 10:48 a.m. (EDT)
Photo - Jenny Kwan
Vancouver East
New Democratic Party Caucus
British Columbia
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