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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 2017-02-07 21:21:22 -0600
I think this is a great idea however it should apply to everyone on OW and ODSP not just those who have been living in the pilot area for one year or more. Anyone who is on the system should have this opportunity. It will help tremendously in a lot of areas for lower income families. I m
endorsed 2017-02-07 19:04:39 -0600
@kwamkwak tweeted link to this page. 2017-02-07 18:19:39 -0600
Pilot of a Basic Income Supplement, endorse to convince the #lpc to put it in the platform #cdnpoli #poverty
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, Vocational Counselor, Nelson Cares Society endorsed 2017-02-07 15:32:35 -0600
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endorsed 2017-02-06 16:17:10 -0600
This is a fantastic idea. With jobs quickly disappearing because of technological advances, something needs to be done to ensure that participation in the economy is possible for everyone. The disability system as it stands takes far too long and often, the person has lost everything up to and including their mind by the time they receive approval. This is not fair. Also, in a country as rich as Canada, no one should have to choose between eating and having a roof over their head.
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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
, , Memorial University of Canada endorsed 2017-02-06 15:48:19 -0600
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endorsed 2017-02-06 01:57:47 -0600
I would be willing to help in any way possible on the Basic Income Program. It is something that is definitely interesting to myself as I live on a disability pension and certainly it would benefit many people if implemented. I truly believe as someone living in poverty how it would lift people to much better circumstances and would be a win for the poor and the province. I am somewhat familiar with the BIC as I have been to several meetings and read extensively on the subject.
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endorsed 2017-02-01 22:44:35 -0600
North Bay serves much of the Northern Ontario region including indigenous communities when it comes to emergency services. North Bay captivates many growing issues of poverty and indigenous issues. I felt it was unfair for the news to announce Timmins as a possible venue, we are all competing for this pilot project. Lets give North Bay a chance.
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, MSW Candidate, University of Toronto endorsed 2017-02-01 11:11:54 -0600
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