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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 2016-11-29 02:17:44 -0600
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, , Integricor endorsed 2016-11-28 22:18:25 -0600
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endorsed 2016-11-28 08:34:04 -0600
I’m all up for it.

Its about time that the Canadian government is helping us Canadians flourish financially

Not only I’m all up for it but every CANADIAN IN NEED should be receiving the financial program.
endorsed 2016-11-28 04:58:48 -0600
I’m hoping I can be part of the pilot, finding a job because of my past that is well in the past is hard. Getting off of Ontario work is even worse… 530 a month I can’t afford to pay bills and eat for a month let alone afford gas to get out and look. And heat. I honestly don’t know how long I can keep this up. With my mom sick with rheumatoid Arthritis she can hardly work and they won’t give her disability. My step dad in his late 60s can’t retire. It’s big mess going down hill each day. I just wanna be able to have pride and be happy. Having basic income I could get out and find that right job. I also have documented lower back degenerative disc disease that puts me out of factory work. Everything seems to be working against me. It’s gross
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, , CNIB endorsed 2016-11-26 11:17:02 -0600
endorsed 2016-11-26 01:35:00 -0600
Family of 4 on ODSP. More than willing to see this program work. Just started using the food bank last month. Held out as long as I could. Hydro bills took the last of the extra food money.
endorsed 2016-11-25 10:54:23 -0600
endorsed 2016-11-24 17:42:43 -0600
As a family of 8 who receives full benefits from Ontario Works at 1300 per month, we are more than interested in seeing this program blossom. 2e have started our own business had no child care and had to close due following so much under the Ontario Works rule of 1 for 1. We were doing well,and could have made a life for ourselves. Now with the cost of child care, and our rent at 1500 plus plus, I really find we struggle. It has affected our lives, our mental health has decreased and we just keep trying despite it all. Our children worry about money (we never make it their concern and encourage them to do things) and refuse to do things for fear of costs. It is honestly like trending water in day to day life.we have 2 under 4, and a special needs child who may miss weeks at a time for illness, what job (other than one we made for ourselves) -is going to be understanding of a persons needs at home…. I support any change
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endorsed 2016-11-22 00:21:47 -0600
I am strongly in favour of the implementation of a basic income program for Canadians. I receive ODSP monthly support of $1,100, and after rent, hydro, and communication costs, have nothing (or less than nothing) left. The current assistance levels are unrealistic, humiliating and offer no possibility of, or opportunity for changing or improving one’s circumstances.
endorsed 2016-11-21 23:02:39 -0600
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, , Memorial University of Canada endorsed 2016-11-21 18:11:59 -0600
endorsed 2016-11-21 17:50:56 -0600
I am 60 years old, a widow of 16 years. I raised two sons who are

now living outside of my apartment. My late-husband’s initial pension

ran out years ago. I was ill for years after his passing and my son

had mental health issues which enabled me from returning to full-time work.

I am headed into my 60’s and am terrified that I will live in extreme poverty

and in low-income apartments. The basic income would literally save me from

such a sad, difficult life. I highly endore this for myself, and for my younger son, 20 years old. Please, please get this pilot off the ground…summer of 2017.
endorsed 2016-11-21 17:15:26 -0600
@DiannaLGunn tweeted link to this page. 2016-11-21 15:14:21 -0600
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, Professor, Centennial College endorsed 2016-11-21 08:04:45 -0600
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