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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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I am a single mom working full time for just over minimum wage trying to make our ends meet. I am a sole supported of my two minor sons. With the cost of rent daycare and groceries it is hard. I don’t have benefits at my job for dental or prescription which those costs are out of pocket. I support this 100%
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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
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I've endorsed a pilot of a Basic Income Supplement. Convince the #lpc to put it in the platform #cdnpoli #poverty
@jennifercaughey tweeted link to this page. 2016-07-17 20:17:52 -0500
I've endorsed a pilot of a Basic Income Supplement. Convince the #lpc to put it in the platform #cdnpoli #poverty http://www.basicincomepilot.ca/?recruiter_id=3785
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endorsed 2016-07-12 00:43:49 -0500
All for this, but I don’t believe it should start in a specific area, it would make more sense and can be easily checked through income tax returns that the working poor be the first to get help. There are a lot of Ontarians that fall through the cracks of getting financial, medical, dental help because they just don’t qualify for assistance. I don’t mind saying I would be one of those people. Having health issues that should qualify for disability I find I don’t qualify for any of the programs available. Can’t work full time, not even close, so I work part time it helps a bit but unless I quit my job totally I can’t get help. If I quit my job I can’t collect welfare plus I am fortunate that I don’t have rent to pay, don’t work enough hours to qualify for E.I…can’t get odsp because I still have a few bucks saved which is pretty much what I have been living off…but that will be gone soon…and because I lived off of my savings and didn’t know about cpp disability by the time I had applied I was told sorry you didn’t pay enough in over the past six years…so do I feel that I and people in similar situations should be first on the list (and I know there are many) yes, I certainly think we should not be passed over again. Thank you, and I hope this helps with decisions on where to start.
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, Founder, Canadians for Basic Income endorsed 2016-07-11 02:09:01 -0500
I agree with all of the above excepting for; “pilot … at least one Canadian town or city …”. The reality is that 4.9 million people, or I in 7 are currently living in poverty. The pilot was tested forty years ago in Dauphine, Manitoba with positive results. It is now time to implement such a policy, considering Indigenous communities that are now in “crisis”, the number of people that are homeless, as well as vulnerable recipients of Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Programs, and the Canada Pensions, and Guaranteed Income Supplement that is pushing poverty deeper and deeper into the grave. Regulatory laws are outdated. Work has shifted, shifting the workforce. Laws and regulations need to modernized to reflect current trends, and improve basic human rights. The time for ACTION is NOW!!
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