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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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, , 1976 endorsed 2016-11-17 13:16:19 -0600
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I currently live on about $780/m from long term CPP disability. I voluntarily gave up ODSP in 2011 and have no other sources of income and live with my son so I can afford this low income. I look forward to turning 65 when I will qualify for OAS and other top up benefits that will almost double my current monthly income. The amount I SAW in an article on BIG THINK of $1300+ would be an early blessing before I turn 65 in about 1.5yrs. PLEASE let me know how I can enroll as a trial recipient/client. I am limited as to how I can help but I will volunteer.
endorsed 2016-11-16 18:59:15 -0600
, Teller, Scotiabank endorsed 2016-11-16 18:42:47 -0600
This program is affordable, realistic, and would be incredibly valuable to social and cultural progress. All for it! (I have an Economics degree & work with people under the poverty line everyday)
, , The Bet Her Propaganda Company endorsed 2016-11-16 18:14:00 -0600
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endorsed 2016-11-16 13:54:58 -0600
Great idea to help stuggling workers enjoy life a bit instead of always working 1 2 or even 3 jobs as I have just to have a little bit of spending Money the min wage is laghable honestly theres no way I can get anywere 11.40 an hour I make 16 at my full time job an still struggle cost of living is higher than ever I think is a real good start to giving people a reason to work and something to garentee a better life for all
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@leafsman tweeted link to this page. 2016-11-16 06:55:21 -0600
I've endorsed a pilot of a Basic Income Supplement. convince the #lpc to put it in the platform #cdnpoli #poverty
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endorsed 2016-11-15 07:26:19 -0600
This is a great idea! Some European countries provide their citizens with basic income which only increases the economy. More money to spend equals more money spent.
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endorsed 2016-11-14 16:34:56 -0600
What a wonderful project. Hope at last. Please put this pilot into force.
endorsed 2016-11-14 16:30:42 -0600
when politicians have a monthly food expense that far exceeds the gross take home of any social program and also exceeds a full time minimum wage job it is time to take a stand. Furthermore lets dispense with the stigmas with respect to those who require social programs to survive. When there is no unemployment and when our society implements a better system like directional aptitude support rather than a piece of paper acquired at a school which does not accurately dictate ones ability to perform said job, and finally when language, sex,, race and superficial traits no longer influence the outcome then and only then can we say that there is no longer an excuse! everyone and anyone who wishes to be employed should not have to compete and be fairly compensated. As it stands now minimum wage positions are a modern merely a form of modern day slavery and in fact if an individual wants to and or is capable of handling multiple jobs on account that it is nearly impossible to attain a full time position in the minimum wage sector, the employers make this impossible by providing random schedules which impede the ability of one to work multiple jobs.

It is time we collectively take a stand and fight for those who cannot fight for themselves!!
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Thank you so much <3
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