Ontario is releasing a report that summarizes the feedback gathered from thousands of people across the province on how to design and deliver a basic income pilot.
Basic income is a payment to eligible families or individuals that ensures a minimum income level. It is designed to help people meet their basic needs while supporting long-term social and economic prosperity and security for everyone.
More than 35,000 people and organizations shared their ideas on a range of topics including who should be eligible for a basic income, which communities to include, how a basic income should be delivered and how the pilot should be evaluated during the consultations.
Consultation feedback supports a basic income pilot that:
The consultations help build on the advice the government received from the Honourable Hugh Segal in his discussion paper.
The province continues to engage with First Nations, urban Indigenous, Métis and Inuit communities to ensure their unique perspectives are heard and to tailor a culturally appropriate approach that reflects their advice.
Residents of York Region can view the full reportsummarizing responses gathered during the consultation period.
“Every family in Ontario deserves the security and dignity of a life free from poverty. After hearing from people in person and through over 34,000 responses online, I’m energized to build on their feedback and introduce a basic income pilot that will test how to improve health, employment and housing outcomes for the people of Ontario.”
— Chris Ballard, Minister Responsible for Poverty Reduction
“We are committed to taking a careful and evidence-based approach to the design and implementation of the basic income pilot. The collaborative consultation process we have undertaken will help us to deliver an effective basic income pilot and explore solutions that support long-term economic prosperity and security for everyone in Ontario.”
— Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Community and Social Services
“Engaging people through public consultations about how we can help those living on low incomes meet their basic needs, provided the valuable feedback that our government needs to move forward with the basic income pilot.”
─ Steven Del Duca, M.P.P., Vaughan
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