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Thanks to the support of hundreds of Canadians, the resolution below was passed almost unanimously by members of the Liberal Party of Canada at its national convention on 23 February 2014. This means that a basic income pilot is now party policy, but it does not necessarily mean that a basic income pilot will be included in the party's next election platform.

In February 2016, the Ontario government committed in its budget to work with communities and stakeholders to design a basic income pilot:

"One area of research that will inform the path to comprehensive reform will be the evaluation of a Basic Income pilot. The pilot project will test a growing view at home and abroad that a basic income could build on the success of minimum wage policies and increases in child benefits by providing more consistent and predictable support in the context of today’s dynamic labour market. The pilot would also test whether a basic income would provide a more efficient way of delivering income support, strengthen the attachment to the labour force, and achieve savings in other areas, such as health care and housing supports. The government will work with communities, researchers and other stakeholders in 2016 to determine how best to design and implement a Basic Income pilot."

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Basic Income Supplement: testing a dignified approach to income security for working age Canadians

WHEREAS one in eleven Canadians lives in poverty (as measured by LICO), despite the array of income security and social assistance programs provided by federal and provincial governments;

AND WHEREAS income security programs such as the National Child Benefit and the Guaranteed Income Supplement provide an income-tested base benefit to low income children and seniors, but not working age adults;

AND WHEREAS there are perverse disincentives to exiting from social assistance systems, often referred to as the “welfare wall;”

AND WHEREAS the idea of a basic income supplement for working age adults was recently endorsed by the Canadian Medical Association as a means of improving the health of low income Canadians;

AND WHEREAS there was an encouraging pilot project of a basic income supplement for working age adults conducted jointly by the Government of Manitoba and the Government of Canada in Dauphin, Manitoba, in the 1970s;

AND WHEREAS the Senate of Canada, in its 2008 report on poverty, “In from the Margins,” called for a study on the costs and benefits of a basic income supplement;

BE IT RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada advocate for a federal pilot of a basic income supplement in at least one Canadian town or city, in cooperation with the appropriate provincial and municipal government(s).

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endorsed 2016-09-27 13:57:24 -0500
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endorsed 2016-09-22 19:45:45 -0500
Would everyone get a cheque not only low income??
, Owner, endorsed 2016-09-22 12:44:45 -0500
endorsed 2016-09-21 09:36:46 -0500
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endorsed 2016-09-20 23:45:59 -0500
Guaranteed Income Assistance MUST be researched; our current social welfare programs only serve to keep people destitute and unskilled and do not adequately serve the myriad of unique situations that create a need for assistance.
endorsed 2016-09-20 14:16:04 -0500
endorsed 2016-09-19 20:28:44 -0500
Thank you this is a great way of solving economic chaos.
endorsed 2016-09-19 17:12:33 -0500
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endorsed 2016-09-18 17:41:51 -0500
Poverty line is $14.50 per hour , minimum wages is $11.25, then how does it tally. 70% of canadian population canot afford to buy a house , even renting is not affordable. Govt. should give free land to new immigrants, visible minority and people who are under poverty line. Also should bring chinese home builders to build homes. The Real Estate Mafia should be busted.
endorsed 2016-09-18 10:39:25 -0500
endorsed 2016-09-17 18:03:28 -0500
The basic income will abolish poverty.
endorsed 2016-09-16 23:23:53 -0500
endorsed 2016-09-16 19:57:26 -0500
endorsed 2016-09-16 14:55:02 -0500
A perfect location for this project would be the town of Smiths Falls, Ontario. Its populations is under 10,000. It has a higher than average unemployment rate due to business closures, it has a higher than average school drop-out rate and higher than average teen pregnancy rate. It has a higher than average mental health crisis rate.

It seems unbelievable that after the Dauphin pilot this program wasn’t rolled out across the nation.
, , Sudbury Ontario endorsed 2016-09-16 14:24:11 -0500
I believe that this should be available everywhere throughout Canada because it gives people who are living in rough situations as well as in the welfare system, some hope that they will not be stuck in a system that barely allows any advancement in their lives as well as helps those with medical issues who are not on social assistance or have benefits/health plans.
endorsed 2016-09-15 18:16:06 -0500
endorsed 2016-09-14 18:14:25 -0500
endorsed 2016-09-14 14:08:45 -0500
endorsed 2016-09-14 11:12:16 -0500
I am a single mother and find it hard with living expensive going up on everything
endorsed 2016-09-14 11:05:14 -0500
It helps in every country that uses it.
endorsed 2016-09-13 19:33:30 -0500
I think this is an excellent idea!
endorsed 2016-09-13 16:42:32 -0500
endorsed 2016-09-13 12:23:29 -0500
This connect of universal basic income is also needed purely just to the ongoing changes in the workplace of offshoring and restructuring that is occurring to eliminate jobs to make companies more efficient.

Then there is, in the near future, potential consequences of automation removing large numbers of jobs with no replacement jobs created – we may become ‘the horse’ of the previous industrial revolution.
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