Ontario announces plan to test Universal Basic Income for all citizens

Ontario announces plan to test Universal Basic Income for all citizens

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The province of Ontario in Canada is moving towards a standard income available to all citizens. The first step in this direction is a pilot project named the Universal Basic Income, which is set to unfold this year.

According to Ontario’s 2016 budget statement, “the government will work with communities, researchers and other stakeholders” in order to lay out the design of this project.

The main target of this project is the distribution of a small allowance to citizens, regardless of need, which would reduce bureaucracy and provide a basic level of support.

Another section of Ontario’s budget statement, points to high hopes that this project could provide more economic stability for the future: “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.”

In an article published by The Globe and Mail, Jean-Yves Duclos, Canada’s federal minister of families, children, and social development, said “There are many different types of guaranteed minimum income. There are many different versions. I’m personally pleased that people are interested in the idea.”

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