Will The Basic Income Experiment Work In Canada?
The Canadian province of Ontario is to start giving some 2,500 people a basic income – money with no strings attached.
The project, which is expected to start later this year, is being designed to test whether a basic income should be given to all Ontarians living in poverty.
‘The government basically believes that if people have the security of knowing their basic necessities are taken care of, they will contribute to society,’ Dr Helena Jaczek, the minister running the scheme, told Apolitical. ‘And this is the point of the pilot, to see: what is the behaviour change? Does that security give you the capacity and willingness to improve education, get retrained, have fewer trips to the emergency room because you’re not subject to that ongoing stress?’