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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 2017-01-28 09:33:05 -0600
endorsed 2017-01-27 19:05:04 -0600
A Basic Income is the path to true, personal freedom and an end to the threat of destitution if there is no market for one’s skills. Our citizens are far more than labour markets and consumers. They have lives and families that should be more important to them than any job or career.

A BI ensures that parents will have the time and resources to deal with a family crisis and illness whether chronic or acute.

People will have the security of knowing they can care for the infirm and the dying as well as the time to mourn the loss of a loved one with the financial protection of a Basic Income.

The Arts community will explode with creativity once artists are freed to focus entirely on their gifts.

Volunteerism will also take off and it is communities that will benefit all the skills their people will have to offer.

In fact, i have been a pensioner for years now and am still enthralled by the fact that my economic needs are being met and every day is my own to do with as i please. That, my friend, is what real, personal freedom looks like.
endorsed 2017-01-27 14:45:25 -0600
The time has come for basic income!
endorsed 2017-01-27 04:26:40 -0600
I am a university student because mental and physical health problems ended my career as a skilled Craftswoman. I appreciate the idea of this program, but I wish the liberals would address the gutting of social programs by the Conservative government, and perhaps I wouldn’t have been homeless last summer, and I would get a fair chance at making a real go of university.
endorsed 2017-01-26 21:44:11 -0600
, , unemployed endorsed 2017-01-26 11:33:32 -0600
54 years old , community college degree, searching Actively x4 years.

Can not even get a job in fast food industry. Health problems ( i.e. ) diabetes due to poor diet. Myself and both parents born in Canada. My mom died of diabetes and heart disease after receiving about one million dollars in care from Hamilton genereal. I assume I am next. Have been told compaqny only hires filipinos because they “work harder” There is no prejudice in my heart, these are the facts. Thank You.
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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
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endorsed 2017-01-25 17:29:11 -0600
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endorsed via 2017-01-25 16:17:40 -0600
I support streamlining of social programs and encouraging productivity. See no reason for another pilot. Implementation could be done in stages immediatedly by issuing nominal checks at first and increases reflecting savings on down sizing of departmental budgets.
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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
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endorsed 2017-01-24 11:11:40 -0600
Would be great if they would hurry the hell up and start paying us!
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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
endorsed 2017-01-22 07:47:32 -0600
endorsed 2017-01-21 19:38:26 -0600
I would like to serve on the Basic Income Pilot Advisory Council.
endorsed 2017-01-20 12:48:32 -0600
Everyone should have the right to the basic necessities of life, regardless of who they are. The ability to thrive should not be reserved for the elite only, when everyone contributes as a whole towards the progress of our society in one way or another, yet are unequally rewarded for their efforts through substantial differences in pay. Two different people can both work full time hours and one is below the poverty line while the other makes 60,000 a year and that is considering that the difference in the cost for and/or level of education is marginal. This vast inequality needs to be addressed and basic income is a start towards finding a solution. Eliminate the fear of uncertainty, establish the security of a stable future for all and you will find that increased productivity will be achieved in a more healthy and fulfilling way.
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