• We can’t afford not to provide a new social safety net

    … what people need to begin wrapping their heads around is what happens when the labour market is turned on its head by robotics, throwing tens of millions of people out of work in the process. This is not some dystopian fiction… At this point, however, UBI [universal basic income] remains a deep, utopian fantasy to most people, its future bogged down by eye-rolling cynicism and distrust.

  • Ontario’s ‘basic income’ pilot helps defuse political anger that stems from economic exclusion

    Canada’s existing welfare programs are far too limited. In Ontario, for example, a single adult receives payouts equal to about 45 percent of the poverty line, or approximately $9,000. Existing programs also include dehumanizing micro-eligibility requirements that dilute self-respect, discourage work, and frustrate hardworking caseworkers. They trap people in poverty rather than providing them with a bridge to the economic mainstream.

  • Kathleen Wynne’s basic income plan is bread without circuses

    … it is not clear that it will do much more for the poor. The maximum basic income subsidies — $16,989 for singles and $24,027 for couples — represent just 38 per cent of median income in Ontario adjusted for family size… there is a sense of inevitability to all of this — a feeling that the world of work has changed to such an extent that nothing can be done to keep wages at a viable level and that the only way to avoid social chaos is to subsidize them.

  • Ontario launches basic income pilot for 4,000 in Hamilton, Thunder Bay, Lindsay

    … single adults between the ages of 18 and 64 will receive up to $16,989 annually and couples will receive up to $24,027. People with disabilities will receive an additional $6,000. Single people would have to earn less than about $34,000 to qualify and the income cut-off for couples would be about $48,000… Those on social assistance will be able to keep their drug cards and other benefits. But Employment Insurance and Canada Pension Plan payments will be deducted from the basic income dollar for dollar.

  • 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.

  • Hot!

    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.