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WILL BASIC INCOME BE THE WAY OUT OF POVERTY?

The Ontario government is currently seeking input on the recommendations for a Basic Income Pilot Project made by Hugh Segal. The ODSP Action Coalition and the Income Security Advocacy Centre suggest using the discussions about this plan to push for action to actually lift people out of poverty. This short paper shares our responses to some of the questions posed in the Basic Income Consultation Guide. It may be helpful for anyone who plans to attend the public meetings or send in their thoughts about Basic Income. This paper contains links to Segal's report, the Consultation Guide, and other resources about "guaranteed" or "basic" income.