Ontario is moving ahead with the design and implementation of a basic income pilot, as announced in its 2016 budget.

Basic income, or guaranteed annual income, is a payment to eligible families or individuals that ensures a minimum level of income, according to a release from the province, which added that Ontario will design and implement a pilot program to test the growing view that a basic income could help deliver income support more efficiently, while improving health, employment and housing outcomes for Ontarians.

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Hugh Segal, a political strategist who served as chief of staff for Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, has been appointed as special advisor on basic income. “The potential for a Basic Income to transform income security in Ontario and across the country is tremendous, and I look forward to contributing to this bold initiative,” he said.

The province said Segal will deliver a discussion paper to the province by the fall to help inform the design and implementation of the pilot. The discussion paper will include advice about potential criteria for selecting target populations and/or locations, delivery models and advice about how the province could evaluate the results of the basic income pilot. Ontario added it will undertake further engagement with experts, communities and other stakeholders as it moves towards design and implementation.

“We want to ensure that we are developing a thoughtful, evidence-based approach to test the idea of a Basic Income, and we look forward to Mr. Segal’s advice as we begin this work,” said Dr. Helena Jaczek, the province’s minister of community and social services.

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Rick Rankin:

How does someone apply for this help?

Wednesday, July 27 at 6:32 pm | Reply

Kelly Palicki:

I think Basic Income is an interesting idea and I look forward to how the pilot project plays out. It is only common sense that if there is more money in circulation the economy with get a boost. This type of incentive or a higher minimum wage of perhaps $15.00 an hour or higher are effective steps towards growing the economy. Trickle down economics are only good for the very wealthy. Trickle up is good for all and if designed properly, and changes made gradually, either project could be self sustaining.

Wednesday, August 03 at 8:07 am | Reply

timothy aitchison:

the basic income security program will replace ow and odsp i have talk to people who are on odsp some own a house own a car some people are worried they would get less money and if the cost of living goes up they would not be protected no in creases to the basic income program they would also loose gst credits payments

Monday, October 31 at 12:45 pm | Reply

leszek szczepaniak:

Basic Income is very good for poor people,small income family,but only for 3 city not Toronto,I have 2 more people ,my wife and baby,I’m 62 years and hard find job and difficulty income problem,I think more people have the same problem in Toronto so basic income probably help very much

Saturday, March 03 at 7:36 pm | Reply

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