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10,000 Canadians Sign Petition Calling For Basic Income

02/06/2017 06:14 EST

It looks like a lot of Canadians really want a guaranteed income.

More than 10,000 people have signed a petition supporting a basic income guarantee. The 10,000 mark was passed in mid-December.

The petition was started by Basic Income Canada, a non-profit organization that advocates for a universal income for all citizens that would replace government assistance.

Right now, two basic income pilot projects are on the way — one in P.E.I, and one in Ontario.

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Former senator Hugh Segal authored a paper outlining recommendations for the Ontario government's basic income pilot. (Photo: CP)

Ontario's plan is set to be released sometime this spring. An outline paper recommended that the government provide every individual participating in the project a minimum of $1,320 per month, with an additional $500 for those with disabilities. The project will likely be tested at three locations: one in southern Ontario, one in northern Ontario, and one in a First Nation community.

In December, P.E.I. unanimously voted to pursue a basic income pilot project with the federal government, in the hopes of reducing or eliminating poverty in the province.

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