Basic income pilot recommended

Changing labour market could be part of reason for proposal in Ontario
By John Dujay
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/21/2017

The concept of providing citizens with a guaranteed basic income has been floated for decades in Canada. And it could emerge once again if Ontario goes ahead with a pilot project this year, having held consultations in the fall.

The province may follow the lead of a discussion paper by Hugh Segal, master of Massey College at the University of Toronto, who suggested the province conduct pilot programs in three communities (and one neighbourhood in a large centre) whereby a monthly payment of $1,320 (plus an extra $500 for disabled persons) would be given to all residents (aged 18 to 65) who are living below a defined income level.

Currently in Ontario, basic social assistance or welfare programs are administered under the Ontario Works program and the recipients must be available to work. But Segal’s proposal eliminates that stipulation.