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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 2016-10-26 15:21:33 -0500
posted about this on Facebook 2016-10-26 13:01:39 -0500
I've endorsed a pilot of a Basic Income Supplement. Let's convince the #lpc to put it in the platform #cdnpoli #poverty
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endorsed 2016-10-26 10:25:40 -0500
There is a long list of reasons why Basic Income will be a benefit to Ontario, but some of the highlights include:

- Combat low income caused by increasing automation and the gap between high cost of living and low wages across Ontario

- Reduce the stress of poverty on Ontarians, thereby reducing health care and other costs

- Stimulate the economy: people with money to spare beyond their basic needs will spend it, infusing local economies with money

- Allow for innovation and entrepreneurship by lowering the entry risk, especially for young adults

It just makes good economic sense.
@Gentlegiant26 tweeted link to this page. 2016-10-25 14:13:01 -0500
I've endorsed a pilot of a Basic Income Supplement. #cdnpoli #poverty
endorsed 2016-10-25 14:11:10 -0500
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endorsed 2016-10-20 01:17:10 -0500
I strongly support the basic income policy as a modern approach to hedge job and poverty issues at any period of time and any economical situation.
endorsed 2016-10-19 14:09:01 -0500
endorsed 2016-10-18 13:20:40 -0500
With growing automation and a shifting global economy, basic income is the only path forward to create a new and better system of employment. Jobs will become more flexibly defined and specialized, productivity will increase, and people will be spared the nightmare of poverty. I truly believe that in 100 years we will see the establishment of basic income as a triumph as essential as that of universal health care.

Please let me know of any volunteer opportunities you may have.

Also, please consider changing the “State” in the address formatting parenthesis to “Province”, as this is a Canadian initiative :)
endorsed 2016-10-17 19:37:15 -0500
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endorsed 2016-10-12 10:04:35 -0500
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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 2016-10-11 09:44:11 -0500
, , belight endorsed 2016-10-10 12:48:12 -0500
there will be setbacks but it is not to be avoided but as seen and researched as signs, consequences and side effects of how we as social agents have failed to create opportunities to identify and provide adequate support in our life stages. as much as i think this will make our problems more apparent, i think that may be a good starting point for brainstorming, creating and allowing platforms for people to better express, communicate and discuss on the issues that arise. definitely something that has potential to help us accelerate toward progress, more responsibly responsive humans.
, Sales Rep, The Source endorsed 2016-10-07 15:31:15 -0500
Go for it,Canada. Low income people are not lazy. We are working day and night but still it is very hard to make ends meet. I pray that the outcome from this pilot project is successful and leads for a positive future for our children and youth.
endorsed 2016-10-07 13:49:30 -0500
endorsed 2016-10-07 12:45:04 -0500
With more and more jobs becoming precarious and many sectors of our economy ripe for disruption via technological innovation (think self driving cars – taxi’s transport, public transit) and likely to largely disappear over the next 25 years we need to re-invent our systems of distributing and re-distributing income. The consequences of not doing so will be dire.
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