Basic income study aims to lower B.C. poverty level by 2024

SURREY, B.C. — A panel of experts is looking at whether British Columbia could provide a basic income or if the federal government would have to initiate it, says the minister responsible for the province's poverty reduction plan.

Shane Simpson said Monday the aim of the strategy is to cut the overall poverty rate by 25 per cent and child poverty by 50 per cent within five years.

He said the three experts came together six months ago and would make recommendations next year on various issues including the question of a basic income.

"That will, I think, trigger a very important debate in British Columbia about what income security looks like and about the role of basic income and the principles of basic income," he said after announcing the guidelines for the province's poverty reduction plan at a child care resource centre.

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