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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).
The reason I personally have become part of the system, trapped withon a daily struggle to obtain two square meals a day; do laundry mknthly; keep an eye on my health and be able to follow through with appointments and surgeries; to eat properly; to be able to combat the depression which I battle with constantly, and from Its cruel presence, often find myself grappling with a worse demon- addiction; then, there is my sleep disorder which tech. Classify me for disability program but I’d rather be employed. Rather continue to pursue my dreams of making my living off of natural talents (writing) and start the business I want to. All of this now feels too much like a pipe dream… More so than it did when I was still working full time.
I lost way job about two years ago and have had one hell of a time since. Both in general daily living as well as an attempt to find work to transfer back into and be able to transition over in a manner That doesn’t result in trying to jump over 5 obstacle hurdles while juggling my life at the same time…
With this program in place I can see why and how it’d helped people before and why it will help now. I also understand and see the flip side of the coin, those whom are well off and pay in taxes already; and though it would be nice if simply tugging on the compassion they should have and remind them oh so gently the fact that we should be willing to help one another (granted, help those who help themselves AND THERE will always be those that are there there to take advantage, get free ride etc. But they’d be doing that anyway regardless of system in play; but at least with the b.i.a In place, these individuals shall at least pose lesser of a threat/burden/and cost to our society as a whole) but since we know how well the playing for sympathy and asking people to open their hearts up for strangers is unfortunately a nearly impossible task; and so instead, aim lower. Shoot for their coin purse. Inform them of the statistical numbers and how the fact of putting into place this system and replacing our old o.w; odsb; elderly income assistance; children of poverty assistance program; etc. Will in the long end save us and tax payers an increasingly phenomenal amount of money, as well as have a positive affect on crime rate. I am extremely excited to witness this program be implemented and pray that it is done so in my city. I am nearly 32years old and in a desperate need of finding not a band aid solution in which is designed to keep me in the spot I’m at, I am desperate for work for r at least a way to return to school and be able to do so knowing I’m not stressing over where I’ll sleep that night and how will I eat 2 meals a day… As I often currently already am doing…
The worst part, most shocking is not that I never grew up poor but that this level of poverty is even a possibility in this beautiful country of ours, and in this day and age…
This is a cause that I believe strongly in. There is ample research showing the link between poverty or financial scarcity and individuals well-being, decision making, and physical health. Poverty is a major health risk for Canadians, which puts additional strain on our medical system and our doctors, who feel their hands are tied when working with low or no income patients. I am willing to bet that health outcomes in these pilot regions will also improve.
All Canadians deserve a chance at dignity, a chance to be healthy, a chance to feel a sense of security, so that they may thrive. I believe the results of this pilot project, if conducted rigorously, will surpass our expectations.
I have a PhD in Psychology and work as a researcher at the University of Waterloo. If I can be of assistance to this project, please let me know.
Dr. Kristin E. Wilson, PhD