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It's Time For Canada To Test A Basic Income

What we have done for far too long is simply not working. Even with all the social supports in place, the resulting income is often only enough to maintain a family in poverty. At their worst, existing policies and programs actually entrap people in poverty. This is why we need a new way. A basic income would work as a tax credit administered through the taxation system similar to the Guaranteed Income Supplement for seniors. If someone earns less or has less than the poverty line, they would simply be topped up to a point above the poverty line.

The Upside of a Guaranteed Annual Income in Canada

In Canada, the possibility of a guaranteed annual income is a topic that seems to never go away, yet the prospect of a national program remains elusive. The way the Fraser Institute approaches the issue outlines what's wrong with the discussion: they treat the idea of a basic income program like it's a cash grab by the desperate.
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How To Fix Canada's Welfare System And Create Jobs

What if potential welfare applicants were required to apply online and receive their funds via direct deposit, with notification sent by email? This would mean they'd have to become Internet, email, and computer literate. This would make them more marketable to potential employers.

Why Guaranteeing the Poor an Income Will Save Us All In the End

The wrong approach to poverty reduction is to ignore the problem, letting the ideological conceit that a rising tide lifts all boats obscure the hard reality that many Canadians have no boat -- or access to anyone who has ever had a boat. The answer is automatic top-ups for those who fall beneath the poverty line.