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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 2017-02-15 13:13:48 -0600
Greatly Needed!
, President, Cyan Design endorsed 2017-02-14 09:59:25 -0600
I believe this to be a wonderfully modern approach for advancing a society so everyone can feel and be an important and successful cog in their own future.
endorsed 2017-02-13 12:07:34 -0600
I support this pilot project.
endorsed 2017-02-12 22:29:29 -0600
Hello, I was wondering when does this project start? and also how could I know if I qualify for it? Thank you
posted about this on Facebook 2017-02-12 08:07:52 -0600
I've endorsed a pilot of a Basic Income Supplement, convince the #lpc to put it in the platform #cdnpoli #poverty
@SkinnyFiberGurl tweeted link to this page. 2017-02-12 08:07:50 -0600
I've endorsed a pilot of a Basic Income Supplement, convince the #lpc to put it in the platform #cdnpoli #poverty
endorsed 2017-02-12 08:07:03 -0600
Being in receipt of odsp and cpp disability I can tell you first hand that NO ONE can live any kind of meaningful life while having to live off the small amount of what we are allowed each month. I live in a rural community which makes it even that much worse as I must own a vehicle and all it’s expenses as without one I would have no way of getting to my appts which are anywhere from 15 mins to 3 hours away. Nor would I be able to get groceries as my small town does not have grocery store. Once my bills are paid each month it leaves me with next to nothing to get through the month and maybe 2 tanks of gas for my car. So any use of my car is done so with careful planning so I can make sure I do as much running around and errands I can in one trip. I spend the majority of my day at home alone as there is no extra money to be piddled away going out. So would an increase in monthly assistance help make my life seem somewhat more worthwhile. You betcha. I for one sure hope this goes through.
endorsed 2017-02-11 23:38:34 -0600
Let’s feed and clothe the poor..we are in the year 2017 and we live in CANADA there should be no poverty in this country!
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I support this.
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endorsed 2017-02-09 00:13:55 -0600
Been a big supporter of basic income for many years. Glad to see ontario being progressive.
endorsed 2017-02-08 13:48:05 -0600
YES YES YES!!!! All for it, this will be a right step in the right direction!
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