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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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posted about this on Facebook 2017-03-22 15:46:56 -0500
I've endorsed a pilot of a Basic Income Supplement. #cdnpoli #poverty
@AficionadoRap tweeted link to this page. 2017-03-22 15:46:53 -0500
I've endorsed a pilot of a Basic Income Supplement. #cdnpoli #poverty
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endorsed via 2017-03-22 05:41:38 -0500
Long time coming…..sorely needed. Let’s end the stigma/punishment of those who are disabled. Restore dignity
, , Retired endorsed 2017-03-21 19:43:00 -0500
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posted about this on Facebook 2017-03-21 06:59:48 -0500
I've endorsed a pilot of a Basic Income Supplement, something I feel strongly about, given the relationship between poverty/scarcity and well-being, decision-making, mental/physical health. I believe this will create a much healthier, happier Canada!
endorsed 2017-03-21 06:56:56 -0500
Dear Government of Ontario,

This is a cause that I believe strongly in. There is ample research showing the link between poverty or financial scarcity and individuals well-being, decision making, and physical health. Poverty is a major health risk for Canadians, which puts additional strain on our medical system and our doctors, who feel their hands are tied when working with low or no income patients. I am willing to bet that health outcomes in these pilot regions will also improve.

All Canadians deserve a chance at dignity, a chance to be healthy, a chance to feel a sense of security, so that they may thrive. I believe the results of this pilot project, if conducted rigorously, will surpass our expectations.

I have a PhD in Psychology and work as a researcher at the University of Waterloo. If I can be of assistance to this project, please let me know.


Dr. Kristin E. Wilson, PhD
, IT Coordinator, Mississauga First Nation endorsed 2017-03-20 18:18:49 -0500
endorsed 2017-03-20 11:15:47 -0500
, Assistant Professor, Trent University endorsed 2017-03-20 08:23:08 -0500
endorsed 2017-03-20 08:16:08 -0500
I think extra money for housing costs, food etc is Necessary. I worked all of my life until 2009 when I went through extreme traumatic events. I have not been able to work since.I wish I could. Having a hard time surviving. Now I must share an apartment because I cannot afford to be on my own which has resulted in depression because of an abusive roommate. I have been registered with the Registry for social housing for 5 years and still nothing. I have lost hope….this pilot could be my ONLY hope
posted about this on Facebook 2017-03-20 07:51:37 -0500
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 2017-03-19 20:03:08 -0500

Highest Welfare Wall, Jobless rate, and Native community in ALL of Ontario!
endorsed 2017-03-19 08:15:54 -0500
@christineodun tweeted link to this page. 2017-03-18 18:51:42 -0500
I've endorsed a pilot of a Basic Income Supplement. #cdnpoli #poverty
, Human Resources student, Seneca College Newnham endorsed 2017-03-18 18:50:35 -0500
Redefining human labour is integral in these times, and yet, thousands of Canadian families face daily food and financial insecurity. It’s time for Canada to take firm stand and provide basic incomes for all, regardless of income, status, or need.
endorsed 2017-03-17 13:35:20 -0500
Im a single father raising a 16yr old daughter, Im on ODSP so its hell trying to provide for my little girl & paying all the bills- It would be of great value to have the extra funds
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, , Ottawa-Vanier endorsed 2017-03-15 13:48:20 -0500
Big Fan!
, Student of Social Work, Humber College Student endorsed 2017-03-12 15:28:56 -0500
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endorsed 2017-03-09 14:38:20 -0600
Hope this happens soon.
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