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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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, Dispatcher, Kriska Transport endorsed 2017-03-27 13:34:30 -0500
i believe this should be universal for all citizens regardless of current income to truly revolutionize society and balance the power between workers and corporations.
endorsed 2017-03-27 13:12:45 -0500
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endorsed 2017-03-26 19:44:49 -0500
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endorsed 2017-03-26 08:31:14 -0500
I will only endorse this for those on ODSP if the drug card and dental card is included. Most of those on ODSP are psychiatric patients and survivors. Many of us have also suffered much trauma. I would not want to see most of the cheque going to necessary psychiatric medications and other which are a basic need for almost all. And the dental card has been a necessity especially for me. Otherwise most of the cheque would also go to dental emergencies and other dental expenses and teeth are important too as is as well basic checkups. The ODSP Action Coalition does not speak for me and it’s membership do not reflect everyone in the province on ODSP. Most of the members are from Toronto anyway.
, , 1989 endorsed 2017-03-26 08:23:53 -0500
Get it dont basic income
endorsed 2017-03-25 18:17:24 -0500
Let us hope the pilot project is favorably accepted and becomes a full provincial project. If the Federal government is going to set up another program that will also be favorably accepted
endorsed 2017-03-24 14:04:50 -0500
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The Zeitgeist Movement endorsed 2017-03-23 21:42:53 -0500
endorsed 2017-03-23 10:17:14 -0500
posted about this on Facebook 2017-03-23 00:50:10 -0500
I've endorsed a pilot of a Basic Income Supplement. Let's convince the #lpc to put it in the platform #cdnpoli #poverty
endorsed 2017-03-23 00:49:06 -0500
I think this is a brilliant idea which has been well thought out in terms of how it may cause either people without incentive to work or not; because with the 50%claw back, the incentive as well as the ability to financially transist back into the labour work force would then be that much easier fore as it currently sits under the O.W system, getting back to work once one has become dependent on social assistance is a tiring and often unsuccessful operation. With those whom would be doing all they can to evade getting a responsible job and contributing to society aren’t going to suddenly become that way due to the fact that we suddenly have a basic income assistance program; because they will of been behaving that way since day one. Another obstacle is the transcending back to work and losing the benefits of the O.W drug card and so forth; although, technically, I can rarely make it to a doctors appointment and keep up with regular check ups to manage my health, resulting in more delays to obtain work. The cap in which is placed on people’s assets is also a method that seems to more institution poverty rather than help diminish its existence. Not to mention the sole fact that welfare seems to perpetuate the state of poverty upon those that depend on welfare by negating the ease of transiting back to work after a period off; prevents Incentive to the unemployed to even try and gain employment due to the barriers that the welfare system have set up in place as nothing but obstacles that are nearly impossible to by-pass; the fact that they have a cap over the total asset value one is allowed to possess is another subtle tactic to keep those already in need of welfare to remain on it, to keep them dependant on social assistance; offers no ability to further better oneself while being unemployed fore if one is approved for things like OSAP in an attempt to further educate oneself to be come a better candidate for employees, they are then cut off from social assistance; and finally, the amount of money in which is even provided to those dependent on the system is nearly laughable. But all these preventive tactics are in play for clearly the sole reason of keeping poverty in a state of perpetual motion rather than actually providing any type of preventive tactics; because although poverty is tragic, and completely able to be eradicated from out nation, it is (ironically, a pun) in itself a big business. That’s right. Poverty, on one end is an epidemic and horribly depressing way to barely be existing, especially. In a nation as developed as ours, as rich in resources and land as ours, etc. But on the other end, on other side, the existence of the social assistance system being in such an apparent disarray as it currently is, with its multiple programs that essentially do the same thing, was built to be this way fore the existence of those in direct need of enlisting the aid of the government and its social assistance is to enlist in more or less agreeing to remain as broke as possible, subjecting oneself to absolute government intrusion and control, have the got more or less intensively mandate your life now and deny you access to comfortable living, health care, food, education, etc. But accept these rules as being necessary for the system to work. To accept that without these so called limitations being put in place for our own benefit and way to help us get out of out current predicament… When in reality, it is to ensure we remain where we are: dependent on the government. Feeling like we are asking for hand outs when we have put forth out tax money from laboured jobs into this system. The trap is manufactured and designed to not only be concealed well but to ensure an entire sector of highly paid jobs are maintained. With the mass of social system being condensed, and accumulated into one main assistance program rather than an array of multiple ones, it would unfortunately eradicate a lot of those cushy got positioned jobs. However, on the plus side, by doing so, we immediately begin to see a turn around on the benefits of basic income assistance program fore by eliminating or uniting these areas of the government and the wages paid out would be come moot. Returning the wasted money back into our budget.

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…


Sincerely,

Jordan Newman.
posted about this on Facebook 2017-03-22 15:46:56 -0500
I've endorsed a pilot of a Basic Income Supplement. #cdnpoli #poverty
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I've endorsed a pilot of a Basic Income Supplement. #cdnpoli #poverty http://www.basicincomepilot.ca/?recruiter_id=4787
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endorsed via 2017-03-22 05:41:38 -0500
Long time coming…..sorely needed. Let’s end the stigma/punishment of those who are disabled. Restore dignity
, , Retired endorsed 2017-03-21 19:43:00 -0500
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posted about this on Facebook 2017-03-21 06:59:48 -0500
I've endorsed a pilot of a Basic Income Supplement, something I feel strongly about, given the relationship between poverty/scarcity and well-being, decision-making, mental/physical health. I believe this will create a much healthier, happier Canada!
endorsed 2017-03-21 06:56:56 -0500
Dear Government of Ontario,


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.


Regards,


Dr. Kristin E. Wilson, PhD
, IT Coordinator, Mississauga First Nation endorsed 2017-03-20 18:18:49 -0500
endorsed 2017-03-20 11:15:47 -0500
, Assistant Professor, Trent University endorsed 2017-03-20 08:23:08 -0500
endorsed 2017-03-20 08:16:08 -0500
I think extra money for housing costs, food etc is Necessary. I worked all of my life until 2009 when I went through extreme traumatic events. I have not been able to work since.I wish I could. Having a hard time surviving. Now I must share an apartment because I cannot afford to be on my own which has resulted in depression because of an abusive roommate. I have been registered with the Registry for social housing for 5 years and still nothing. I have lost hope….this pilot could be my ONLY hope
posted about this on Facebook 2017-03-20 07:51:37 -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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