Ontario to trial universal basic income to help cities gutted by manufacturing job loss

Of all the ideas to pull people out of poverty, one of the more contentious is also the simplest: governments should just hand out monthly checks to the poor, no strings attached.

That’s exactly what the Canadian province of Ontario plans to do, and it’s already causing a ruckus. The Liberal Party currently in control of the provincial government aims to roll out a pilot for a “universal basic income” program in three cities in the spring of 2017. While it has yet to identify the three guinea pigs, hints of what the system will look like can be found in a discussion paper authored last August by Hugh Segal, a former member of the Canadian Senate and now head of the University of Toronto’s Massey College.

For such a program to have even a hope of succeeding on a large scale there would have to massive layoffs of the public sector union members who administer the different programs the UBI was designed to displace. That won’t happen.

  • deplorabledave

    This isn’t funny anymore.

    • No it ain’t.

      • What city do I have to move to?

        How much do I get?

      • Clausewitz

        How is this not just the corrupt practise of buying votes?

  • marty_p

    Ontariariario …A place to stand and a place to grow…free welfare cheques if you pray to Mo….

    “Over 1.7 million people in Ontario live on incomes below the poverty line—$20,676 for a single person, or $41,351 for a household of four, ”
    So who is going to work for minimum wage when you can sit at home and watch TV and make $41K per year.

    • Mosquronto.

    • John Boy

      Racist! Only one welfare check? Don’t they deserve a check for each of their identities, if not what was the point of buy all those extra identity documents?

  • Dave

    And now that people can’t afford electricity the tax rate will have to go up 20-30% minimum. Industry is going to love that. The mindset of life liberals is unfathomable.
    But the boy blunder says we can grow the economy “from the heart”

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    Tundra Bay is begging to be a test city. It’ll become THE bum-magnet for every deadbeat on the continent. I already have enough competition here.

  • Dana Garcia

    Something needs to be done as automation puts a large chunk of the population out of work.

    Any other ideas??

  • CodexCoder

    So for those that lost jobs because of the Liberals’ bad green energy policies, and endless borrowing, the bankrupt government is going to borrow yet more money to buy votes, resulting in yet another credit downgrade which in turn will increase our overall indebtedness?

    Insanity is the belief that doing the same thing again will yield different results. The Liberals are, by that definition, insane.

    • canminuteman

      This is why I have been moving the money in my RRSP and TFSA into American funds. We are headed to the days of the Northern Peso again. If US interest rates go up, and we have federal/provincial budgets with huge deficits the Canadian dollar will tank.

    • Tooth&Claw

      I don’t think any one of them has an idea of how basic economics works, understands a balance sheet, income statement, or statement of cashflow. They are running Ontario into the ground.

  • J. C.

    Didn’t Denmark (or was it Finland?) recently try this and conclude it didn’t work???

    • Alain


      • J. C.

        Kiitos 😉

  • frame_away

    The three would be : Oshawa, Brampton, Oakville – in preparation for the closure of automobile assembly plants.

  • ontario john

    And the media is excited that a muslim charity wants people to donate clothes to refugees coming across the Manitoba border. Yes, come to Canada, FREE STUFF HERE!!

  • Liberal Progressive

    These three test areas need to be those with predominantly Conservative voters, yet areas with high unemployment and poverty to insure that Kathleen can turn it around and win those votes in next years election.

  • Waffle

    If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.

    I always knew that Humpty Dumpty was an a-hole. I just didn’t realize how much.

  • Is there a contest to see who can waste the most money?

  • Minicapt