BC government announces study of basic income for all residents

Daily Hive

As part of what it says is an effort to “reduce poverty and prepare for the emerging economy,” the BC government announced today that it has appointed a team to lead a “BC-focused” exploration of basic income.

Today’s announcement follows one by the government earlier this year, that it was planning to provide $4 million over two years to “test the feasibility” of a basic income program in BC.

“The province will look at whether a basic income is an effective way to improve income security, reduce poverty, and address the impact of technological change,” the plan said.

On Tuesday, the government said this next step relates to a commitment in the Confidence and Supply Agreement between government and the BC Green Party caucus.

Three people have been tasked to head up the research team. They include:

  • David Green, from the Vancouver School of Economics at the University of British Columbia (UBC), will chair the expert committee
  • Jonathan Rhys Kesselman, from the School of Public Policy at Simon Fraser University
  • Lindsay Tedds, from the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary

The committee will oversee independent research to test the feasibility of a basic-income pilot in the province and look at how basic income principles might be used to improve the existing income and social support system.

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