By Roderick Benns
Publisher of Leaders and Legacies, a social purpose news site
The City of Kingston has become the first municipality in Canada to call for the development of a basic income guarantee for all Canadians.
Council recently and unanimously passed a motion calling for a national discussion on the issue, hoping this will lead the provinces and federal government to work together to “consider, investigate, and develop a Basic Income Guarantee for all Canadians.”
A basic income guarantee is known by many names, including a guaranteed annual income, a minimum income and a negative income tax, among others. But the essence is that it ensures everyone an income that is sufficient to meet their basic needs, regardless of work status. It provides a direct cash transfer to the people who most need economic security.Read more