Is a Basic Income Guarantee the Right Choice for Ontario?


by Ethan Phillips April 11, 2018


In 2017, the Ontario Liberal government introduced pilot projects related to a Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) benefit in three Ontario communities. The Ontario pilot projects apply to both low-income individuals in the workforce and low-income individuals not in the workforce. The objective of the pilot projects is to assess whether there is a simple way of providing a living wage that would lift all Ontarians out of poverty.

Within months of the lection of the Doug Ford Conservative government, the pilot projects were killed. This article assesses the pros and cons of the Ontario Basic Income Guarantee model and the implications for anti-poverty policy throughout North America.

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