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A government−commissioned panel is recommending against the introduction of a basic income for all in British Columbia.
The panel’s report, co−authored by academics at the University of BC, Simon Fraser University and the University of Calgary, says a basic income is not the cure−all that some advocates believe.
The authors say a more successful strategy would be to reform current policies and programs as well as provide a targeted basic income for youth aging out of care and those with disabilities.
“Our evidence suggests that a mixed, tailored system is the best approach for positive change,” said Dr. David Green, professor at the Vancouver School of Economics at UBC, and the panel’s chair.
“British Columbians would stand to benefit the most with different approaches in different circumstances.”
The panel’s 500−page report says it believes a basic income pilot project would not provide useful information and raises ethical concerns.
The report makes 65 recommendations ranging from extended health supplements to adjusting tax system−delivered benefits, such as aiming BC’s child opportunity benefit more directly toward families with children living in poverty.
The BC government commissioned the panel in July 2018 to examine the issue as part of the New Democrat’s minority government confidence and supply agreement with BC’s Green party.
Nicholas Simons, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, said: "The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us how important a strong social safety net is to protect people and the economy. "
Among the recommendations were:
For the full report and all of its recommendations, click here.
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