Today is the Provincial Basic Income Pilot Consultation at Kitchener City Hall.
Done right, universal basic income would be awesome.
The provincial government is looking for 3 places in Ontario in which to conduct the pilot program. Waterloo Region be one would be excellent, as Andrea Kauppinen and John Green of Basic Income Waterloo Region will tell you. The more people who come out to support this, the better. Basic income would replace other social subsidies, it should improve your circumstances. Done well it can take the stigma out of the social safety net and even eliminate poverty.
If you haven’t, you should consider attending. Register here:
You can make an online submission until January 31, 2017
“Basic income is an idea which provides a different approach to income security and reducing poverty,” the statement said. “It’s important we hear as many views as possible to ensure we get this right.”
The ministry says it’s particularly interested in thoughts about how the pilot program is designed, including who should be eligible, which communities to include, and how it will be evaluated.
“What they’re doing is trying to collect information in order to build a position. It’s very difficult (for us) to take a firm position at this point because we don’t actually know what the province is going to end up doing,” Bartholomew-Saunders said. “They’re collecting information to determine what they’re going to be doing.”
— Kitchener Post: Public invited to have say on basic guaranteed income
Find out more on the province’s page:
And Basic Income Waterloo is a good resource:
PS: I almost forgot the details (in Whoa!Canada’s shiny new calendar)
Basic Income Consultation
When: Fri, 13 January, 6:30 – 9:00pmWhere: Kitchener City Hall,
200 King St W, Kitchener,ON N2G 4G7, Canada (map)