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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 via 2016-08-26 16:47:06 -0500
This seems to be on the right track. Ideally a negative income tax could replace all welfare support systems, which are expensive, inefficient and ineffective. .
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I've endorsed a pilot of a Basic Income Supplement. Let's convince the #lpc to put it in the platform #cdnpoli #poverty
endorsed 2016-08-26 15:48:56 -0500
Desperately needed. I personally know people forced to stay in abusive relationships for financial reasons, people who have lost their homes due to workplace injuries (contrary to what people may think many companies do not have worker’s comp), and people who are unable to afford desperately needed dental and vision care. Until we have a BIG I cannot see how Canada can justify ANY monies to be given to other countries, or refugees from other nations. Our own backyard is filthy. Lets clean it up before going elsewhere.
endorsed 2016-08-25 20:47:59 -0500
endorsed 2016-08-25 18:10:45 -0500
I think this is a wonderful idea and process. I just want to be part of it, as my husband and I are in the low-income range. Plus we are about to have a child and need this piece of legislation if our child has any hope of future potential in s province.
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endorsed 2016-08-23 14:59:10 -0500
I believe given the opportunity to decide what our money is spent on an actually being afforded enough funds to live on with dignity is needed now, and i belive a stong change for the better will follow with it as people are afforded the ability to persue life again and the choice to do so. This is something that has needed to be addressed for some time now. Continuing with the system in place will only serve to keep poverty steady an further restrict limited income families, the disabled and elderly in need of homes FIT for their needs. Not being allowed to use the funds granted to them in most cases for purchasing homes or a car, not having enough to try an save for school or a medical aid, alteration to homes an special diets, having a limit put on how much you are allowed to save in your own bank account or ability to invest for the future is mind boggling to me. As an ODSP recipient sometimes i don’t feel like I have been living with much dignity with the way things are, and I am certainly in favor of basic income in Ontario. I’m ready for a change.
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, Cheif Technical, Mass Minority endorsed 2016-08-18 22:25:39 -0500
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endorsed 2016-08-15 17:18:31 -0500
That it’s amazing idea to grow up like country. It’s gonna be really revolucionary, and like every revolution, it will take time to agree the good changes…
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endorsed 2016-08-10 19:16:26 -0500
I would love to volunteer for this cause
endorsed 2016-08-10 17:42:18 -0500
endorsed 2016-08-10 11:38:10 -0500
I think this is a great idea, & believe that the upfront costs are worth the future pay off.
endorsed 2016-08-09 07:55:34 -0500
Living on my own, need some extra income.
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DreamzNGoalz.com endorsed 2016-08-03 15:45:04 -0500
Specially needed as Automation of Skills(which were most of the 20th century folks were trained on) happens at exponential rate…. From "self-driving cars, to robotic surgeries, to robo pharmacists, to self-serve kiosk at fast food, to Robo Lawyers, To Drones for Delivery…many more industries are going to transform by digital technologies.


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endorsed 2016-08-03 00:08:56 -0500
, Internet Marketing Entrepreneur, cashbacklegend.com endorsed 2016-08-02 12:33:59 -0500
My goal is to empower others to become independent entrepreneurs, leaders, and better versions of themselves so that they may go on to help other people do the same. I could use the extra funds to support my new business venture so I can remain focused on my goals without having to delay them any further and waste time trying to find ordinary jobs just to survive. A basic income should take care of most overhead costs including transportation, food, travel, inventory, bills, rent, etc. A basic income will give many others a boost in their financial status so that people will be better able to contribute meaningfully to society and our community will benefit from the increased motivation, energy, and prosperity. Our economy will flourish when we can inspire more young people to accomplish great things when money is less of an issue. The sooner we get a basic income, the better. Thank you.
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