To address the needs of Canadians during the COVID-19 crisis, we need a targeted basic income

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

A targeted income maintenance approach that is conditional on income — what we refer to as a “targeted basic income” — meets the urgency of the current crisis. And, because seniors and children already have a guaranteed annual income through the Old Age Security, Guaranteed Income Supplement and CCB programs, the major remaining gap in social policy must address the needs of low-income working-age people — particularly those without children.

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Ontario’s youth unemployment: We must step up the economic growth agenda

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Sep. 13, 2011
With an unemployment rate (15.7 per cent) nearly double that of the average worker in the province, the number also masks the permanent effects that long-term high unemployment rates can bring. The list notably includes: (1) lower lifelong earnings… (2) the misallocation of talent… and (3) the psychological toll that ends up hurting not only the young workers themselves but their families and friends… To reverse that stubbornly high rate of unemployment for our young, we need to step up the growth agenda and leave aside any talk of micro-economic miracles.

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