Campaign wants B.C. to keep extra $ 300 after COVID-19 crisis ends

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Brent Frain and Sonjia Grandahl, roommates in Langley, who both receive disability benefits, have been independently advocating for the “300 Alive” campaign on social media.

Grandahl says that $ 300 is changing people’s lives.

“We are living in a real state of poverty right now and with this COVID, everything is left in the price,” Grandahl said. “(The supplement a) just helped tremendously and we want to keep it that way.”

Frain and Grandahl both said they were able to buy healthier groceries, pay for drugs and worry less about their rent, which alone accounts for 59% of their income.

The $ 300 supplement meant that people can live in dignity and ultimately allow accessibility to the equipment, too, Frain said.

“We want to make it permanent, because the rates have been gone for so long,” he said.

– With files from The Canadian Press

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