Letter Writers: Basic Income +

Letter Writers: Basic Income +

Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020 until Jan. 2, 2020
All Day





Poverty can quickly happen to anyone. A Universal Basic Income (UBI) would help to address Canada’s persistent inequities.

Some pandemic-related relief programs (such as the Canada Emergency Response Benefit) are scheduled to wind up in July, so the United Church of Canada Moderator, Richard Bott, has written to elected officials to encourage them to work with the provinces, territories, and Indigenous leaders to roll out a UBI program. He is also encouraging us to write to our MPs.

• For more information on UBI, click here.
• For a sample letter on UBI, click here.
• Then, scroll down to find your MP’s contact information.

We’ve been wondering what is going to happen to those who have been living on the street, or in shelters, and have been temporarily moved to hotels during the pandemic. So, if you’d like to join the Fairlawn Letter Writers in writing to your local, provincial, and federal politicians, or the local newspapers, but aren’t sure what to say, please check below for some sample letters.

We’ve also provided all of the contact information, so you can mail or email your letters.

Fairlawn’s commitment to Embrace Action is alive and well, and your voice can be heard, too!




Letters to Politicians
Homelessness & the Pandemic: Letter from Toronto Churches to Mayor Tory
The Homeless in Toronto


Letters to the Editor
Newspapers will not print identical letters. You can borrow the ideas, but re-write them in your words. Remember: keep it short to increase the chance of it being printed.


Contact Information


Find Your Local Politician

Toronto city councillors: your city councillor
Provincial Members of Parliament (M.P.P.s): your Ontario MPP
Federal Members of Parliament (M.P.s): your federal MP





Mayor John Tory, City of Toronto
Toronto City Hall,
2nd Floor, 100 Queen St. W.,
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2


Toronto Community Housing
Deputy Mayor Ana Bailão,
Chair of Affordable Housing Committee
Toronto City Hall,
100 Queen Street West, Suite C42,
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2


Councillor Mike Colle, Eglinton-Lawrence
Toronto City Hall,
100 Queen Street West, Suite A20,
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2


Councillor Jaye Robinson, Don Valley West
Toronto City Hall,
100 Queen Street West, Suite A12,
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2


Councillor Josh Matlow Toronto St Paul’s Ward 12
100 Queen St W Suite A17
Toronto, ON M5H 2 N2





The Honourable Steve Clark,
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
777 Bay St., 17th Floor,
Toronto, ON M5G 2E5


Ms. Robin Martin, M.P.P.
for Eglinton-Lawrence
Ministry of Health,
5th Floor, 777 Bay St.,
Toronto, ON M7A 2J3


Provincial Jill Andrew M.P.P
Toronto St. Pauls
Rm 115 Main Legislative Bldg Queens Park
Toronto, ON M7A 1A5





Mr. Adam Vaughan, M.P.,
Parliamentary Secretary for Housing
House of Commons,
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1A 0A6


The Honorable Marco Mendicino, M.P.
for Eglinton-Lawrence
House of Commons,
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1A 0A6


Hon. Carolyn Bennett M.P. Toronto St Paul’s
40 Holly St suite 103
Toronto, ON M4S3C3



Newspapers: Letters to the Editor


Globe & Mail


Toronto Star



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