Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

October 05, 2005 14:45 ET

Plan would leave most out in the cold

Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, City Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor OTTAWA--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 5, 2005) - The Canadian Labour Congress expressed concern today that federal government plans to help low-income people cope with soaring energy prices may reach less than half of the people who need it most.

"While action on this front is welcome, the fact of the matter is that this plan would still leave well over half of all Canadian households living in poverty out in the cold," says President Ken Georgetti.

Statistics Canada data for 2003 show that the majority of poor households, more than 1 million out of the 2 million total, are made up of single people who are not old enough to receive senior's benefits, and do not have children at home. In fact, one in three of this large group of Canadians live in poverty, mainly because they cannot find full-time work at decent wages.

"To state the obvious, poor single people and poor families with no children still have to heat their homes, and most have to drive to work. They deserve help too," says Georgetti.

The Canadian Labour Congress, the national voice of the labour movement, represents 3 million Canadian workers. The CLC brings together Canada's national and international unions along with the provincial and territorial federations of labour and 137 district labour councils. Web site: www.canadianlabour.ca /For further information: Andrew Jackson, 613-526-7445 and 613-240-3869/ IN: ECONOMY, FINANCE, LABOUR, POLITICS, SOCIAL

Contact Information

  • Jeff Atkinson, Canadian Labour Congress
    Primary Phone: 613-526-7425
    Secondary Phone: 613-863-1413
    E-mail: communications@clc-ctc.ca