Canadian Association of Social Workers calls for basic income

The Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) is hopeful for the future of Canadian social and economic policy after recent comments made by the Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children, and Social Development.

The Minister stated that the concept of a guaranteed minimum income may have merit for Canadians.

“A guaranteed annual or basic income involves a government ensuring that each citizen receives a minimum income regardless of their employment status,” highlighted Morel Caissie, CASW president.

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Basic income: Significant implications for food and farmers

By Aric McBay

The national movement for a Basic Income Guarantee is gaining ground. The heart of the Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) is a government program that would ensure every person in Canada a certain amount of income every year to “to meet basic needs and live with dignity.” And this could have big implications for food and farming.

Dr. Elaine Power, an author and professor at Queen’s University, is excited about BIG’s momentum. “To me it feels like we’ve reached Gladwell’s proverbial tipping point,” she says. “It’s taken off like wildfire. A bit of effort, a lot of results.” 

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Region of Waterloo will discuss basic income guarantee

By Melissa Murray

Regional councillors will discuss asking the federal government to start a dialogue about a basic income guarantee for all Canadians later this year.

Coun. Elizabeth Clarke asked that staff prepare a report and resolution for consideration by regional councillors. It’s expected to return to committee in late April or early May.

“There is a growing movement of municipalities, as well as provinces and territories, that are putting some pressure on the federal government to look at this,” Clarke said in an interview last week. 

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Duclos eyes guaranteed minimum income to tackle poverty

By Bill Curry

The Globe and Mail

The federal minister responsible for reducing poverty says he is interested in the idea of a guaranteed income in Canada.

Veteran economist Jean-Yves Duclos, who is Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, told The Globe and Mail the concept has merit as a policy to consider after the government implements more immediate reforms promised during the election campaign.

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Quebec Liberals thinking BIG


Ironically, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard may have finally found a way to get his name in the history books with his decision last week to switch milquetoast education minister François Blais to the Employment and Social Solidarity portfolio.

Blais, who was singularly unimpressive and maladroit in education, was given the mandate of piloting Quebec towards becoming one of the first guaranteed minimum income states in the world. But that’s a subject that Blais has mastered, as the author of  Un revenu garanti pour tous, a 2001 tome that explores exactly how such a system might work.

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Peterborough councillor ready to adopt basic income

By Roderick Benns 

Publisher of Leaders and Legacies, a social purpose news site

As the City of Peterborough considers whether to support a basic income guarantee, at least one councillor is ready to offer her support right now.

Councillor Diane Therrien, known for her support of many social justice issues, is also the facilitator of community education and engagement with the Peterborough Poverty Reduction Network.

“I’m happy to support basic income policy,” she tells Leaders and Legacies. “I think it’s an idea that is long overdue.”

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Scottish think tank calls for basic income to replace benefits

From The Herald Scotland

Work-related benefits should be scrapped and replaced by a basic income paid to everyone, a think tank has recommended.

In a report published today, Reform Scotland argues a "Basic Income Guarantee" would end the so-called welfare trap which can discourage people in receipt of benefits from taking a jobs.

The independent think tank also calls the distinction between income tax and National Insurance to end and for the creation of a new department - either UK-wide or devolved - to administer tax and welfare payments, merging functions performed by HM Revenue and Customs and the Department for Work and Pensions. 

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