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An Act to establish a national strategy for a guaranteed basic income introduced in the House

Private Member’s Bill C-273, a National Strategy for a Guaranteed Basic Income Act, was introduced in the House of Commons on Monday, February 22, 2021 by Ontario Liberal MP Julie Dzerowicz (Davenport), seconded by PEI Liberal MP Wayne Easter (Malpeque). This Act requires the Minister of Finance to develop a national strategy to assess implementation models for a guaranteed basic income program as part of Canada’s innovation and economic growth strategy. It also provides for reporting requirements in relation to the strategy. It will now move on to second reading in House for further discussion. 

UBI Works has initiated a petition to demonstrate public support for Bill C-273. Please sign and distribute widely through your networks!


Please sign our petition!

BIBC has launched a petition asking BC Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction Nicholas Simons to enter into discussions with the federal government to create a new national livable basic income guarantee (BIG) for every adult of working-age who needs it, regardless of work status.

Until we have a national livable BIG many of us in BC will continue to be left behind living in poverty. We need a renewed social safety net for the 21st century that includes both income security and the social supports and services we each need. We are facing turbulent times: climate change; energy transition; employment transition; racism and discrimination; vast income inequality; deep poverty; pandemics; an opioid crisis and food insecurity. Any one of us can fall into poverty at any time. To successfully adapt to all of the challenges of the 21st century, we need a social safety net that will catch not just some of us – but all of us. We each deserve to live with sufficient income and the supports and services we need to live with dignity.