Basic income looms large in P.E.I. economic recovery consultation

Nineteen months into the COVID-19 pandemic, a consultation undertaken by the Prince Edward Island Premier’s Office into policy and economic changes needed to help steer the course out of the crisis has yielded a consensus on implementing a basic income guarantee.

The final report of the premier’s council for recovery and growth, released on Sept. 27, sets out a number of initiatives aimed at promoting economic opportunity in P.E.I., reducing social inequality and preparing for the transition to a low-carbon economy.

The report includes input from a handpicked group of “sector champions” in the business, academia, non-profit and advocacy sectors, as well as around 1,000 submissions from the public and from Opposition politicians. The most popular recommendation from the public and from the “champions” was for implementation of a basic income guarantee.

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