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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 2017-03-07 17:23:36 -0600
endorsed 2017-03-06 16:55:32 -0600
endorsed 2017-03-06 13:38:02 -0600
I support this idea fully


I just wonder why we need a pilot project , the benefits are obvious


People are in need now , no one should be left out while some project is


being tested .


I have friends with serious mental illness on ODSP , this is their life and


the little they are destined to live on each month for the rest of their lives is


a shame


The amounts proposed seem fair , I would just hope for this to be implemented


ASAP


People in need should not have to wait for what obviously will benefit them
endorsed 2017-03-03 20:10:23 -0600
endorsed 2017-03-03 16:56:00 -0600
endorsed 2017-03-03 12:50:16 -0600
endorsed 2017-03-03 12:43:39 -0600
I believe that it’s a step in the right direction to help all people who are struggling to get by each month. Ontario works does what it can; however people are living way below the poverty line. I am a PSW and it’s not easy when you have Angencies paying you $12 an hour and you get few shifts from them. I am currently on OW and find it very hard to live on the amount that I receive. My rent for a room is $505.00 Per month.

Hopefully this project helps everyone to not have to stess; while trying to find employment.
endorsed 2017-03-03 10:41:18 -0600
, , non endorsed 2017-03-01 23:52:35 -0600
Wen will he basic income sar, we need his soon.
endorsed 2017-03-01 19:22:56 -0600
Long time waiting its sad to see people try to better them self and can’t afford to

I got a nice job more money but then my rent when up my wife’s odsp went from 1200 to 300 so really I am not a head this would help
endorsed 2017-03-01 05:14:08 -0600
endorsed 2017-03-01 04:02:23 -0600
the current ow odsp programs are ment to keep people in poverty and do not help

I moved here from British Columbia and am a person with disability status from that province odsp has denied me twice and I must take to tribunal even tho I have submitted proof of disability from doctors x-rays pervious disability status the current system take over a year with a single disabled parent collecting 11000 for the year with rents taking 9000 the stress this has put me under to live on 10 dollars a day for me and my child for food transportation meds school clothing hygiene can not be done my health gets worse because i have to choose to only eat a few time a week so that my child can eat everyday have clean cloths and participate at school this make me cry and wonder how isn’t this a human rights violation in the way i have been treated like this i will endorse this project we need this new system please
, , me endorsed 2017-02-28 12:02:55 -0600
My Mother has worked since she was 14 and now has to be on ODSP because she can no longer work. It’s demeaning to see her go from 3000 a month to 1/3 of that and can’t even afford to feed herself and pay rent at the same time. something has to be done for the ODSP community. While your add it you should increase the CPP benefits for retired seniors because they an’t afford to live healthy either. OW for me since I have had to use it once I don’t recommend increasing it too much people need to learn that they need to work and show their kids that is how life is lived. But It should be increase for people actually trying to get work.
, Ms, 1958 endorsed 2017-02-28 10:19:46 -0600
I am on ODSP and cannot afford to make ends meet the way things are right now.

Extra money would be nice!!!
, , Ms. endorsed 2017-02-27 05:38:12 -0600
I believe a basic universal income would help many people – if you’re on any form of govt assistance (OW, ODSP, etc) or working minimum wage jobs, then plain and simple, you’re not making ends meet because it’s IMPOSSIBLE. With the cost of rents and food prices climbing steadily, many ppl are forced to go without food / water / heat because there’s just not enough money left over after rent is paid …
endorsed 2017-02-26 14:37:01 -0600
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endorsed 2017-02-24 19:21:33 -0600
endorsed 2017-02-24 00:29:18 -0600
endorsed 2017-02-23 15:31:56 -0600
endorsed 2017-02-23 14:37:59 -0600
This was tried with great success in the 1970s in Manitoba and is the only way to move into the next economy. It works.
endorsed 2017-02-23 11:59:46 -0600
endorsed 2017-02-23 10:40:28 -0600
endorsed 2017-02-22 15:19:33 -0600
endorsed 2017-02-22 13:23:49 -0600
I’m living on a cpp disability for years…I really hope this comes into affect to help people…I live in a small community…people need help ! And soon …this would enhance alot of lives….I endorse this !
posted about this on Facebook 2017-02-22 08:29:07 -0600
I've endorsed a pilot of a Basic Income Supplement. Let's convince the #lpc to put it in the platform #cdnpoli #poverty
endorsed 2017-02-21 22:51:08 -0600
endorsed 2017-02-21 18:41:27 -0600
A Way Home Canada endorsed 2017-02-21 06:39:55 -0600
endorsed 2017-02-20 12:47:22 -0600
The working poor in my community deserve the chance to not only keep a roof over their heads but to have the funds to participate in the economy and pursue education, training and dignity. Local businesses need a hand too, I think this is the logical next step for everyone.
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