28 February 2022 – For Immediate Release

FREDERICTON – The Common Front for Social Justice New Brunswick is calling on the provincial government to include comprehensive investments in the needs of people in the upcoming budget. In the budget submission, Building a Resilient New Brunswick through Ending Poverty, the Common Front calls on the government to raise social assistance rates to make up for lost income due to inflation, invest in the caregiving sector, and build social housing in the province.

With a pre-budget consultation focussed on resiliency, the Common Front says that the most resilient systems are the ones that leave no-one behind. The Front urges the province to make use of its massive fiscal surpluses to look after New Brunswickers, and tax the super-wealthy to fund common public services. A focus on social spending, care, and affordable housing in the next budget will help ensure an equitable recovery for all.

Quotes 

“There are urgent problems in our province that affect all of us, but especially people in poverty, that require the provincial government to act. If we want an economic recovery that helps everyone, that strengthens our province, we have to ensure the things everyone needs: income that keeps up with expenses, adequate care, and access to shelter. Not investing in these areas is condemning people in poverty and low-income workers to more suffering, and stilting our province’s economy.”

– Abram Lutes, Provincial Coordinator for the Common Front

Quick facts 

  • New Brunswick has the lowest median household income in Canada, according to Statistics Canada.
  • Based on the Market Basket Measure, there were 74,000 people in New Brunswick living in poverty in 2018, though this number is higher by other estimates. The number of people in poverty has likely increased as a result of the COVID-19 recession.
  • Wealthy individuals like the Irvings and large corporations saw their collective wealth increase by billions during the COVID-19 pandemic, often while receiving public subsidies.
  • According to the CCPA, keeping people in poverty costs New Brunswick as much as $1billion per year in lost GDP growth and poverty-related expenses.

Related information

Media Contact 

Abram Lutes

Provincial Coordinator, Common Front NB

info@frontnb.ca

506-855-897