So does Dany, who has been paralyzed on one side since a fall in 2014. He went into welfare debt a few years ago. Since then, he’s been paying $200 a month to pay off his debts.
Because of this debt, the government will not pay her the $500 in support, which will instead be used to pay off her debt.
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Dany is not alone in this situation. Sylvie also owes a debt of gratitude to the Quebec government and will not receive her check. She has been unable to work for four years due to a temporary employment restriction. His only income is welfare.
Sylvie lives on public housing and survives on $615 a month.
I can not. It is impossibleShe says.
A $500 check from the government would have been a boon to these people.
: \”Wow, c’est le fun, je vais avoir une aide\”, et tu t’aperçois les jours suivants que tu n’as pas le droit à ça, mentionne Sylvie. Ça vient tuer l’espoir que t’avais.”,”text”:”Tu te dis: \”Wow, c’est le fun, je vais avoir une aide\”, et tu t’aperçois les jours suivants que tu n’as pas le droit à ça, mentionne Sylvie. Ça vient tuer l’espoir que t’avais.”}}”>You’re like, “Wow, that’s her fun“I’ll get help,” and over the next few days you’ll realize that you’re not entitled to that, Sylvie mentions. It just kills the hope you had.
Sylvie explains that with a budget like hers, a grant of $500 could pay a bill, fix her car or even buy glasses, for example.
For Dany, such a check could have paid for new batteries for her scooter.
He explains that when it lets go, I lose my autonomy. I use it to run errands. I need it, I will use it to do my shopping.
However, the fact that that $500 is going to be used to pay down debt throws their plans into jeopardy.
You feel like screaming, you tell yourself it’s injustice. It’s supposed to cover the cost of living, and no, it’s taken away from you for a debt, says Sylvie. It’s very very very disappointing.
Ask for a delay
Dany and Sylvie say they don’t want to stop paying off their debts entirely. Both took steps with the government to try to reimburse a smaller sum. This would allow them to receive a small additional amount each month to offset inflation.
I’ve taken steps with advocacy groups, it doesn’t seem to be workingsays Sylvie.
” Is anyone in government really going to put themselves in the shoes of these people? […] I don’t think it’s a priority for them. It’s a lack of humanism. »
The difficulty for Dany also lies in the fact that, according to his own statements, he can no longer work with such concentration after his accident.
” When I come in to argue with welfare, it doesn’t come out. You are speaking to me and it is an awful condescension from the person speaking to me. You feel like you don’t matter in their minds. »
Action Plus spokesman David Bouchard believes the government is missing an opportunity to help the most disadvantaged by cutting the $500 check.
Explain this to a child, when they tell someone they are being forced to live on less money to pay the rent and they don’t know if they will be able to eat, they will respond. I ask my kids the question and they can tell me it’s inhuman. Right now we’re scraping pennies from people who don’t even have any. That happens, we ask people to choose between accommodation and food.
For Solidarity member for Sherbrooke, Christine Labrie, such a situation prevents these people from being lifted out of poverty. She also believes welfare recipients are on their own.
” The government doesn’t lift a finger to help them, even as it distributes aid to everyone else. He gave $500 checks to people who made $100,000 a year who didn’t need it, and he refused to give that money to the poorest who are struggling to earn a living from groceries. »
The Ministry of Employment and Social Solidarity has not yet issued a statement at the time of writing this article.
With information from Alexis Tremblay