Is it time for guaranteed livable income?

The Record

Although many politicians, experts and advocates agree that a guaranteed livable or basic income is needed, there’s no consensus on what such program would look like.

In February, Kitchener Centre MP Mike Morrice sponsored an online petition that urged the implementation of a guaranteed livable income for those 17 years or older.

Basic income or guaranteed livable income is a program that transfers money, without conditions, from government to individuals to help people meet their basic needs.

In the spring of 2017, the province began a pilot basic income pilot in cities such as Hamilton, Brantford and Thunder Bay.

Targets included those with disabilities, women fleeing abusive relationships and single-parent households.

About 4,000 randomly selected participants, aged 18 to 64, were enrolled in the program, which was to last three years.

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