Caledon poverty advocate says cancellation of basic income program will hurt Ontario long-term

Caledon Enterprise

Jim Mulvale, a co-ordinator for the Ontario Basic Income Network, wants to share the stories of a group of 4,000 Ontarians who were part of a government-led income pilot program intended to create a better future that was taken away from them after the 2018 election.

The Caledon East resident believes the stories will share a different tone about the cancellation of the Ontario Basic Income Pilot than the government is.

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Basic income project improved lives, but now it's 'back to the food bank'

The Star

The lives of more than 400 low-income Ontarians receiving a basic income under the province’s three-year pilot project were showing “significant improvements” before the Ford government killed the experiment last summer, according to a new report.


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Time for national action - new report shows Ontario basic income pilot was on track to success

The Basic Income Canada Network (BICN) today released a survey report, Signposts to Success, documenting the experiences of recipients in the Ontario Basic Income Pilot (OBIP). It provides compelling indicators of lives remarkably changed for the better. Responses from more than 400 recipients show that the pilot was working - enabling women and men to get and keep jobs, start businesses, pursue education and training, overcome barriers and improve health and well-being for themselves and their families.

“The Signposts to Success report is good news that has powerful significance for all Canadians”, says BICN Chair Sheila Regehr. “It clearly shows that when people have some basic security and genuine options, they make the best of them.” Canada has delivered forms of basic income for seniors and children for years, benefiting our society and economy. OBIP results show the potential it offers for all of us. “BICN urges federal, provincial and territorial governments to invest our money where it will get the most return -- and a basic income is that kind of investment.”

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Maybe now we can finally say it out loud — poverty is in decline

National Post - Andrew Coyne


Pssst. Can I let you in on a little secret? Keep it under your hat, but — the poverty rate has fallen again. In fact, it’s at a new all-time low. Statistics Canada reports that the percentage of Canadians falling below the official poverty line in 2017 fell to 9.5 per cent, down from 15.6 per cent in 2006. That still leaves much room for improvement. But this is remarkable progress.

Of course, the official measure of poverty, known as the Market Basket Measure, has only been around for a few years. But an earlier, unofficial measure, known as the Low Income Cut Off, goes back much further. It, too, is at an all-time low, after a steady, two decades-long decline. Indeed, at 7.8 per cent, it’s barely half what it was in 1996.

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More than half of people on basic income behind on bills for two or more months

Roderick Benns

It’s perhaps no surprise that the men and women who were collecting basic income across Lindsay, Thunder Bay, and Hamilton area were in financially challenging circumstances.

Data from the baseline survey shows how difficult their situation actually was. The average share of income spent on shelter was more than 55 per cent, while more than 43 per cent of participants reported they were falling behind in meeting their basic financial obligations.

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The limits of church, the duty of state

Roderick Benns


When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.” 

 Dom Helder Camara

When we broke the story in Lindsay, Ontario about many seniors with dementia symptoms who are falling through the cracks, some spoke up to say this would be a great project for churches to take on. We disagree entirely.

First, let me say that our churches, charities, and non-profits are run by some of the finest people one could ever meet. But it is part of the neoliberal, corporate-first mindset that has normalized the idea of charity to this degree.

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Innovation Nation: Why CEOs support basic income

Financial Post

When I was in my mid-20s, I was fortunate enough to be able to invest my life savings in an income property. The rental income provided a sense of economic security that later enabled me to quit my job and start my own business. I now run an eight-figure global company.

Several other successful entrepreneurs I know were also able to take risks on their business because of the financial and emotional security provided by a guaranteed passive income stream — whether social assistance payments or spousal support.

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