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Mon Mar 7, 2016, 10:48 AM

Ontario plans to trial universal basic income

Edit: Doh, someone linked me to this, and I totally missed that it was already posted on Breaking News. Sorry.

From the Independent:

Ontario has announced it could soon be sending a monthly cheque to its residents as it plans to launch an experiment testing the basic income concept.

While officials in the Canadian province are yet to release any specific details of the project – including how much will be given to residents who participate – the finance ministry has published a report confirming the government’s intention to roll out the experiment.

Proponents of the idea say it would save on welfare administration costs, reduce the poverty traps of traditional welfare states, be fair to people who have jobs, and give people more autonomy in general.

“As Ontario’s economy grows, the government remains committed to leaving no one behind. Maintaining an effective social safety net is one part of the government’s broader efforts to reduce poverty and ensure inclusion in communities and the economy,” Ontario’s budget statement said.

It added: “The pilot project will test a growing view at home and abroad that 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.


Whole article here: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/ontario-to-pilot-a-universal-basic-income-experiment-a6916571.html

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Rainforestgoddess Mar 2016 #1

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Mon Mar 7, 2016, 10:10 PM

1. Interesting to see how that progresses

I do believe that it will be the only way to go once most jobs are replaced with automation (already happening, just a matter of time before most of us are unemployable, not just unemployed).

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