PART 2: Principles and points for implementing basic income guarantee

The Chronicle-Herald

All across Canada, community groups and coalitions like P.E.I.’s Working Group for a Livable Income have been advocating for Canada to implement a basic income guarantee.

Many, even from elsewhere in Canada, have watched the progress here in P.E.I. and advocated for a national launch here to build on P.E.I.’s extraordinary momentum!

Now, thanks to the work of the all-party special committee on poverty on P.E.I. and the legislative assembly of P.E.I., a credible, fully costed, fully considered model exists to make P.E.I. the launching point of a basic income guarantee for all of Canada.

P.E.I. first made history by endorsing guiding principles for a basic income guarantee. The special committee’s model for P.E.I. is based on these principles.

It is designed to be universal and unconditional to all adults having resided here for at least one year, ages 18 and above, including seniors.

It would be subject to income, but provided regardless of work status, relationship status, or ability.

Basic-income principles recognize some people’s basic needs are different than others; for instance, because they have children to care for or because they live with a disability.

Following the principles, programs and supports that people need, such as childcare subsidies or AccessAbility programs or comfort allowances, would stay in place even after basic income replaces social assistance.

It is also important that the special committee sets the Market Basket Measure as the poverty measure for P.E.I. (the level at which people’s basic needs can be just-adequately met).

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