British Columbia has asked a team of experts to explore how providing people with a basic income could work in the province.
The province's minority NDP government promised to implement a basic income pilot in its agreement with the Green Party that allowed it to take office last summer.
B.C. Green Leader Andrew Weaver said poverty is becoming more complex as jobs become less secure and the cost of living skyrockets, especially in the Lower Mainland.Read more
In a power-sharing deal that transforms the political landscape of British Columbia, the New Democratic Party (NDP) and Green Party are committing to run a basic income pilot.
In B.C.’s recent election, no party won a majority of seats. If the NDP, with 41 seats, and the Green Party, with three seats, combine they will have a paper-thin 44-seat majority in the 87-seat legislature. They will get a chance to topple the Liberal government on a confidence vote sometime in the next few weeks.
In one of dozens of examples of cooperation between the two parties, the basic income pilot agreement represents a growing movement in Canada. In fact, with B.C. in the mix, the three largest provinces in Canada are now tackling basic income in various ways.Read more