In Finland and Holland they have already expressed an interest in giving people a certain amount of money on a monthly basis, depending on their employment situation. Now and in Canada, namely in Ontario, similar is planned. In February, the Ontario authorities announced that a provincial test program would be launched later this year. The prerequisite is to send out checks to the population every month in order to cover such vital expenses as food, transport, clothes and payment of bills. All without any questions.
The idea is daring and it has been in the air since the 60s. The name is simple “basic income”. For several decades from the moment when this concept was first proposed, some researchers and officials tried to implement it. The results of such experiments showed different. Employees from the Basic Income Canada Network, a government organization advocating the promotion of this idea, are hoping for success. “It is necessary that this idea be implemented throughout Canada, including in Quebec,” said the head of BICN, Shyla Reger in a statement. “Therefore, there is no reason why the authorities of other parts of the country should stand aside. It’s time we all got to work. Representatives of the authorities of Ontario have not exactly decided when and where exactly they will launch the program. The exact amount received by each person is also undefined. When the time does come, the funds will be allocated from a certain part of the Ontario budget allocated for this experiment.
In Finland, a small social democratic country, people receive an additional 800 euros, which is a little more than 900 US dollars. In some cities in Holland, citizens receive an additional amount of almost 1,000. At least, Ontario is not wasting time. Canada’s Federal Minister for Family and Social Development, Jean-Yves Duclos, officially supported the experiment last month, saying that this idea deserves real discussion.
“There are many different types of guaranteed minimum incomes,” Duclos told The Globe and Mail. “Personally, I am pleased that people are interested in this idea.” Theoretically, the idea of basic income should work. In a country like Canada, where the health system and retirement savings have long been socialized, the idea of basic income, which taxpayers will pay, can be implemented without difficulty.