Will The Basic Income Experiment Work In Canada?

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Nov 9, 2018 // By:Gary // No Comment

Ontario has 812 rules for working out social assistance

Nevertheless, there is also a more prosaic reason for governments like Ontario’s to switch to a basic income: the present welfare system has become so complex that it is almost unmanageable. As all manner of allowances and exemptions – such as, at the height of the AIDS epidemic, a diet supplement for sufferers – have accreted onto the system, Ontario has ended up with 812 rules for working out what kind of social assistance a person is entitled to. Simply giving a basic income could free up a huge amount of cash and time.

Nevertheless, the idea is far from uncontroversial. Within the government itself there is opposition on the grounds that actually people do need be incentivised to work, as well as from finance officials whose ability to allocate spending would be reduced.

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