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Ontario – An experiment with basic income buried away in Ontario’s 2016 budget

Buried away in Ontario’s 2016 budget documents are unspecific plans for the Canadian government to start giving a guaranteed, unconditional salary away to a few people just for being alive.Ontario

“The pilot project will test a growing view at home and abroad that a basic income could build on the success of minimum wage policies and increases in child benefits by providing more consistent and predictable support in the context of today’s dynamic labor market,” the budget states.

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at  Canada Will Experiment With Basic Income — Giving Out Salaries Just for Being Human

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