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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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@mikelondoncan tweeted link to this page. 2013-10-04 21:47:21 -0500
I've endorsed a pilot of a Basic Income Supplement. Let's convince the #lpc to adopt the policy. #cdnpoli #poverty
endorsed 2013-10-04 21:47:06 -0500
Women's Food and Water Initiative for a Sustainable Vancouver Island Bioregion Assoc. endorsed 2013-10-03 18:10:34 -0500
As a LPC member I am proud to read this resolution. It is vital to enable folks to farm in urban and rural areas as food security fails due to climate change.
endorsed 2013-10-02 18:47:47 -0500
I was once president of Canada Without Poverty and have met Jim Mulvale and

remain a great admirer of both him and Rob Rainer. Please be assured that I support the concept of basic income and hope it comes to pass in my lifetime. it would be a dream come true to know many Canadians who now live in poverty would be the recipients of true help and a leg up without stigma. Thank you all for this push for decency in the face of the awful government we now have. it will be all the harder, but all the more just , when it gets done. Elaine
endorsed 2013-10-01 16:12:02 -0500
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endorsed 2013-09-30 15:15:41 -0500
I belong to a small group of retired persons who have, over the past year or so spent many hours discussing what we call the Canadian Basic Living Allowance. In our view it should replace all the current federal and provincial income support programs (Income Assistance, Child tax credit, OAS, OIS, and even EI). It would be a monthly allowance paid from birth to death and grow in size from birth to age 18, and be included in tax returns as taxable income. It would be designed to be totally clawed back when an individual’s taxable income reached $75,000.
@tidewaters tweeted link to this page. 2013-09-30 15:02:12 -0500
I've endorsed a pilot of a Basic Income Supplement. Let's convince the #lpc to adopt the policy. #cdnpoli #poverty
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I've endorsed a pilot of a Basic Income Supplement. Let's convince the #lpc to adopt the policy. #cdnpoli #poverty
endorsed 2013-09-30 14:12:13 -0500
Friends and I have been advocating a Basic Living Allowance for a number of years and I’m really happy to see this initive.
endorsed 2013-09-29 15:06:52 -0500
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endorsed 2013-09-26 22:13:00 -0500
I think this is worth a try. Anything to help marginalized families.
endorsed 2013-09-26 20:56:07 -0500
, Retired law prof, Queen's University endorsed 2013-09-26 20:26:38 -0500
endorsed 2013-09-26 18:50:48 -0500
, Director, The BIG Push Campaign, Basic Income Canada Network endorsed 2013-09-23 12:43:26 -0500
, , Liberal Party endorsed 2013-09-21 10:43:51 -0500
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endorsed 2013-09-20 20:52:59 -0500
good idea hooray
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, Associate Professor, University of Ottawa endorsed 2013-09-20 15:36:25 -0500
We have tested this idea before. See Evelyn Forget, “The Town with No Poverty: The Health Effects of a Canadian Guaranteed Annual Income Field Experiment” Canadian Public Policy, 37:3, September 2011
, Associate Professor, Unviersity of Victoria endorsed via 2013-09-20 15:22:31 -0500
, Professor Emeritus of Economics, Queen's University endorsed 2013-09-20 15:21:08 -0500
, Principal, Open Policy endorsed 2013-09-20 15:20:56 -0500
endorsed 2013-09-20 15:20:42 -0500
Check out BIEN and BIEN Canada. There is Canadian and international support for this needed updating of the social contract.
endorsed 2013-09-20 15:20:29 -0500
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