The government of Nunavut is looking at what it would take to have a guaranteed basic income in the territory.
A request for proposals for a feasibility study for a guaranteed basic income program has been issued by the Nunavut Department of Family Services.
A guaranteed basic income is a program that provides individuals and families with income sufficient to live on with few or no conditions for eligibility.
In 2017, 40 per cent of Nunavummiut relied on income assistance, according to the government of Nunavut. In 2019, 37 per cent of residents were on income assistance.Read more
Echoing the recommendations of a 2013 report that suggests Nunavut should implement a basic income program, one Nunavut MLA is pressing the government to follow through on that idea.
In a written question tabled last fall, Arviat North-Whale Cove MLA John Main asked Family Services Minister Elisapee Sheutiapik to explain how the department has considered the concept of guaranteed basic income in Nunavut as part of its reform of the territory’s income assistance program.
Guaranteed basic income is a program that involves regular payments from the government to citizens that ensures a minimum income, regardless of employment status.Read more