Finding a Better Way: A Basic Income Pilot for Ontario
Ontario is launching a pilot project to assess whether a basic income can better support vulnerable workers, improve health and education outcomes for people on low incomes, and help ensure that everyone shares in Ontario’s economic growth.
Ontario’s March 2016 Budget was the beginning of the process toward designing the Basic Income pilot. That Budget announced a commitment to create a Basic Income pilot project to test the model in Ontario.
In June 2016, the government asked long-time basic income advocate the Hon. Hugh Segal to provide advice on how to best design a made-in-Ontario pilot. His report, Finding a Better Way: A Basic Income Pilot for Ontario, was released in November 2016.It included a number of key considerations and recommendations on how the Government of Ontario should design a basic income pilot. The discussion paper provided advice and recommendations in the areas of pilot design, site selection, basic income amount, delivery, outcomes and measures, and governance and administration.
Speaking to People Across Ontario
The Government of Ontario used Mr. Segal’s report to launch the consultation phase of the Ontario Basic Income Pilot (OBIP) in November 2016. Consultations were held across the province, giving people a voice in determining what the pilot could look like. Consultations were broad and inclusive, gathering input from a cross-section of people in Ontario. These consultations included in-person public meetings, online surveys and written submissions to ensure that everyone had an opportunity to express their opinions on how the pilot should work.
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