Basic Income Program for residents of Oakville, Milton, Burlington supported by Region councillors


Published November 22, 2023 at 2:45 pm

If Halton councillors get their way, residents of Oakville, Burlington, Milton and Halton Hills could be in line for a Universal Basic Income.

The idea would see the government provide sufficient income for all Canadians to meet the basic necessities of life.

“Improved financial stability would result in improved health, social and economic outcomes as well as increased opportunities for vulnerable residents to participate, contribute, and invest in their local economies and communities,” reads the motion, which was presented at today’s Regional Council meeting by Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward and Milton councillor Ameera Ali.

The motion notes that Halton Region is one of the fastest growing communities in the country and that social and economic challenges disproportionately impact vulnerable residents by contributing to increased income insecurity, housing unaffordability and homelessness, food insecurity, increased mental health and addictions challenges as well as precarious employment;

“A Basic Income Program could complement and enhance existing social support systems, ensuring a comprehensive and inclusive approach to addressing the basic needs of Halton’s most vulnerable residents.”

Basic Income is generally understood as an unconditional payment from government to individuals or families to ensure a minimum income level.

From 2017 to 2019, a Basic Income Program was tested in Hamilton, Brantford, and Brant County. The results identified positive outcomes for recipients, including the alleviation of food and housing insecurity, improved physical and mental health, financial stability, social equity and greater connection to the labour market.

The motion calls on the Prime Minister of Canada and Premier of Ontario to examine approaches to developing a Basic Income Program that would provide sufficient income for all Canadians to meet the basic necessities of life.

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