Guaranteed Annual Income

A Basic Income Could Lift Canadians Out Of Food Poverty

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 09.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Ontario Association of Food Banks

Hunger Awareness Week invites us to not only talk about the problem of hunger in Canada, but to think about how we can address it. At the Ontario Association of Food Banks, our long-term vision has always been a hunger-free Ontario. Next summer, this dream may inch a little closer to becoming a reality.

Commons Committee Calls On Liberals To Study Basic Income

CP | Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.12.2017 | Canada Business

OTTAWA — A Liberal-dominated parliamentary committee is calling on the federal government to explore the concept of guaranteeing people a mini...

We Should Applaud Ontario's Plans To Pilot A Basic Income Guarantee

Laura Anderson | Posted 03.05.2017 | Canada Politics
Laura Anderson

The Basic Income Guarantee is a strategy for poverty reduction that is simpler and more effective than our existing social assistance systems. Quite simply, individuals whose incomes fall below a certain level get topped up to a level that would meet basic needs.

The Hidden Highlight Of Ontario's 2016 Budget

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 03.03.2017 | Canada Politics
Ontario Association of Food Banks

As the job market continues to contort and contract through the shifting of jobs, wages, and stability -- there is a growing voice, a growing question -- how do we make sure people across this province have the means to eat, to live, to thrive? How can we ensure that Ontarians are able to meet their most basic needs?

It's Time For Canada To Test A Basic Income

Sen. Art Eggleton | Posted 02.26.2017 | Canada Politics
Sen. Art Eggleton

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.

A Guaranteed Income Can End The Need For Food Banks

Shawn Pegg | Posted 02.19.2017 | Canada Politics
Shawn Pegg

Food bank use currently hovering at record levels. Food Banks Canada's HungerCount report shows that the food bank network acts as an unofficial Canadian safety net, trying to fill the gaps left by low-wage jobs and radically inadequate provincial social assistance programs.

Joshua Ostroff

Paying Everyone A Basic Income Will End Poverty AND Save Money: Elizabeth May | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 10.08.2015 | Canada Politics

"This is a program that ensures that everyone can live with dignity."

Is it Finally Time for a Guaranteed Annual Income?

Noralou Roos | Posted 08.11.2016 | Canada Politics
Noralou Roos

Could the Guaranteed Annual Income -- once considered radical notion -- now be an idea whose time has come? It has been supported by generations of economists and welfare theorists, from the left and the right. So why are such a broad group of people pushing such a program?

Why A Guaranteed Annual Income Is Unlikely to Solve Poverty

Charles Lammam | Posted 03.10.2015 | Canada Business
Charles Lammam

The risk is that a GAI would become just another program within a larger web of existing government programs. Some programs that target specific groups, particularly groups less able to work -- such as the severely disabled or the elderly -- may be difficult to consolidate into a single "one-size-fits-all" universal program like the GAI.

The Upside of a Guaranteed Annual Income in Canada

Kaylie Tiessen | Posted 03.10.2015 | Canada
Kaylie Tiessen

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.

Sunny Freeman

Problems With A Minimum Income Are 'Insurmountable,' Report Argues | Sunny Freeman | Posted 01.06.2015 | Canada Business

The idea of a minimum annual income for every Canadian could provide a more efficient alternative social safety net, but reform is an unlikely and unr...

Daniel Tencer

$10,000 For Everybody? Why A Guaranteed Income Just Could Work | Daniel Tencer | Posted 12.25.2014 | Canada Business

Imagine the government started handing out $10,000 annually to every adult in the country, or implemented a negative income tax rate so that low earne...

Can Handing Out Free Money To Everyone Fix The Economy?

CBC | Don Pittis | Posted 11.24.2014 | Canada Business

If someone handed you a bundle of free cash, would you stop working? Perhaps that's what has happened to our economy. As governments create more and...

How To Fix Canada's Welfare System And Create Jobs

Alex Sangha | Posted 08.05.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Alex Sangha

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.

Three Steps Towards Better Canadian Health Care

Mark Taliano | Posted 07.18.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Taliano

The manufactured health care crisis is a case in point. Solutions to challenges of cost, quality, and access are fairly straightforward but wilfully ignored, and current trajectories towards corporatization are leading us in the wrong direction. Here are some solutions.

For Canada's Poor, Working Can Be a Disincentive

Deborah Coyne | Posted 06.29.2013 | Canada Politics
Deborah Coyne

It is time to rethink government's role in reducing poverty and unemployment. Take, for example, the Working Income Tax Benefit (WITB), which is supposed to help Canadians in low-paying jobs keep more of their employment income. Essentially, the program is a disincentive to work.

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

Hugh Segal | Posted 06.08.2013 | Canada Business
Hugh Segal

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.