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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 2013-09-19 00:31:30 -0500
I prefer a basic income system where everyone is granted the same basic income. A common term for this approach is UBI (unconditional basic income).
, Former President, Liberal Party of Canada, London West Federal Liberal Assocation endorsed via 2013-09-18 10:13:24 -0500
Great job on the resolution!
, President, Kingstion and the Islands Federal Liberal Association endorsed 2013-09-18 10:07:04 -0500
This is the kind of policy resolution that puts Liberal values into action, one of many things that we need to be doing to reverse widening income inequality.
, President, Wellington-Halton Hills Federal Liberal Association endorsed 2013-09-18 09:40:56 -0500
, President, PEHFLA endorsed 2013-09-18 06:00:46 -0500
, President, Kitchener-Conestoga EDA endorsed via 2013-09-18 05:45:06 -0500
endorsed 2013-09-15 04:22:48 -0500
Conservative estimates say that in 20 years 45% of occupations will be automated. Advances in technology necessitate a basic income system as we move at from capitalism into a post-scarcity era. Canada should lead here.
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endorsed 2013-09-09 11:01:04 -0500
Things which push our citizens away from poverty, improve our national quality of life. This is a worthy pursuit.

I have, however, got a grammar oriented complaint, well it’s actually a diction choice issue: Shouldn’t it read “province” not “state” on your endorsement form?
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endorsed 2013-09-08 19:45:49 -0500
This is something we should have done a long time ago.
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posted about this on Facebook 2013-09-08 18:06:28 -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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endorsed 2013-09-08 15:24:42 -0500
@DearAnia tweeted link to this page. 2013-09-08 15:14:07 -0500
I've endorsed a pilot of a Basic Income Supplement. Let's convince the #lpc to adopt the policy. #cdnpoli #poverty
posted about this on Facebook 2013-09-08 15:14:07 -0500
I've endorsed a pilot of a Basic Income Supplement. Let's convince the #lpc to adopt the policy. #cdnpoli #poverty
endorsed 2013-09-08 15:13:27 -0500
I struggle with a disability and getting a well-paying job is difficult even when you are not dealing with discrimination. Many of the jobs currently available to young adults in their 20s are not living wages. Many of us have to live with our parents, or roommates in really bad housing. Even then we are living paycheck to paycheck just to be able to afford healthy food, or meet transportation needs. You can forget about being able to afford insurance: tenant or health.
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