• A portable housing benefit could ease our homeless crisis

    Here are five reasons why the portable housing benefit is a smart idea: 1. It is the most efficient way to help households in need and address homelessness… 2. It will reduce homelessness… 3. It will reduce poverty… 4. Its portability means it is tied to an individual, rather than a housing unit, giving people choice [and] … 5. It is already working.

  • Poverty Reduction Strategy

    we are: consulting with Canadians across Canada on poverty reduction; establishing a Ministerial Advisory Committee on Poverty through an open call for nominations to select leaders, practitioners and experts with experience in poverty and poverty reduction as well as a separate targeted call for nominations to select people who have experienced poverty; and conducting the Tackling Poverty Together research project – an in-depth case study in six communities across Canada.

  • Poverty Reduction and Disability Income

    Caledon has proposed a separate income program that would be run by the federal government and would replace provincial/territorial welfare for working age persons with severe disabilities. The design of the proposed Basic Income would be modelled on the federal Guaranteed Income Supplement for low-income seniors.

  • Disability tax credit not extended to those with mental illness

    The Disability Tax Credit is available to Canadians with a physical or mental condition that severely impedes their ability to perform basic activities… Eligibility is based on the degree to which a person’s condition affects their life… The CRA’s requirements state that a person’s condition must restrict their abilities at least 90 percent of the time. Mental disorders can have a “more variable course” than that, but still cause profound disability

  • Finland to pay unemployed basic income of $780 a month

    Finland has become the first country in Europe to pay its unemployed citizens a basic monthly income, amounting to 560 euros ($784), in a unique social experiment which is hoped to cut government red tape, reduce poverty and boost employment… the basic income experiment may be expanded later to other low-income groups such as freelancers, small-scale entrepreneurs and part-time workers.

  • Basic Income and Ontario’s Pilot Consultations: Ten Benefits of Basic Income

    The Government of Ontario has committed to conducting a Basic Income pilot project as part of a comprehensive reform to the province’s social assistance programs… The pilot aims to test whether Basic Income is an effective way of lifting people out of poverty and of improving health, housing and employment outcomes. It will study different ways of delivering income support and reducing poverty in Ontario, and, based on results, will decide whether to make it permanent.

  • Canada’s younger generation needs a new pension tool

    Ottawa recently introduced proposed changes that would amend federal pension laws to permit federally regulated employers to provide a pension plan with a target-benefit design… the proposed changes would make it easier for employers to offer another registered pension option beyond the usual defined-benefit (DB) or defined-contribution (DC) models.

  • Ontario should test out plan for ‘basic income’

    The idea of providing a basic minimum income for everyone – no strings attached – is an alluring one that has been kicked around for decades… But designing a plan that’s effective, financially affordable and politically acceptable has proven beyond the wit of social reformers… To actually get out of poverty, Segal acknowledges in his report, people would not be able to rely only on his proposed basic income… “It is their labour that will accomplish this.”

  • Ontario Seeking Input on Basic Income Pilot

    The pilot would test whether a basic income is a more effective way of lifting people out of poverty and improving health, housing and employment outcomes. Through the consultations, Ontario is seeking input from across the province, including from people with lived experience, municipalities, experts and academics. The province will also work with Indigenous partners to tailor a culturally appropriate engagement process

  • Basic Income: Rethinking Social Policy

    There has been a resurgence of political interest in Canada in the rather old idea of a universal basic income, sometimes called a guaranteed annual income… contributors to this compendium have different views on the risks and benefits of a basic income, but all agree that we must not waste this opportunity to rethink welfare and put equality and social justice back at the centre of public policy.