Could Universal Basic Income Start in Canada?


Proponents argue that a universal basic income could significantly aid those in unstable and poorly paid jobs. However, skeptics question its effectiveness in addressing poverty and whether Canada can afford such a scheme. The debate gains traction as some provinces show interest; notably, Newfoundland and Labrador launched a three-year pilot in November 2023 for those aged 60 to 64, mirroring federal seniors’ benefits, according to The Canadian Press.

Newfoundland’s Premier Andrew Furey, with a background in orthopedic surgery, emphasizes the importance of addressing social determinants of health over merely focusing on healthcare systems, highlighting his administration’s commitment to these factors.

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