Ontario Considers the Benefits of Basic Minimum Income
CBC Current’s Guest Host Piya Chattopadhyay speaks with Guy Standing,
founder of the Basic Income Earth Network and professor of development studies at the University of London, who launched a base wage pilot project in India a few years ago.
Ontario government is preparing to launch a pilot project for a universal basic income later this year. This age-old strategy for tackling poverty has been getting a lot of attention recently, with stagnating economies and the growing automation of labour worldwide.
In Europe, Finland started sending out cheques as part of an experiment just this week. The government will provide 2,000 of its unemployed citizens with a basic income of 560 euros, or about $785 Cdn, every month.