Last updated: March 2, 2021
“as part of Canada’s innovation and economic growth strategy...
a framework of national standards to guide the implementation of a guaranteed basic income program in any province”
It's step one for the Canadian government to create a national Basic Income by answering important questions on how to best design and implement it across Canada.
Bill C-273 requires Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland to create a national strategy for a Guaranteed Basic Income, including potential partnerships with provinces to determine how best to structure and implement a Basic Income.
The bill includes support for dedicated Basic Income research into: how it would affect the efficiency of government; how it could support entrepreneurship, job creation, and civic action in a new economy; and how it would impact Canadians and our communities.
The bill also calls for a set of national standards to guide the design and implementation of Basic Income across Canada.
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To read the full text of the bill: An Act to establish a national strategy for a guaranteed basic income.
Motion 46 for a Guaranteed Livable Basic Income, introduced by MP Leah Gazan, was a pioneering motion for Canada's Basic Income movement that mobilized activists and politicians across the nation.
While a motion is used to signal intent within our government, a bill, if passed, becomes law, which means Bill C-273 could be the first piece of Basic Income legislation to become legally binding in Canada.
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Bill C-273 is introduced in the House of Commons.
MPs debate Bill C-273, ask questions, and vote on whether to bring it to committee.
The bill is sent to committee, where it may be revised and amended with the help of testimonies from experts.
The committee sends the bill back to the House of Commons where all MPs can debate it and suggest more changes.
The bill is debated one last time and then MPs vote on it. If it receives 50% + 1 vote, it's as good as passed.
The bill goes through a similar process in the Senate, but much faster. The Senate usually won't vote down a bill which MPs have passed, but may suggest changes.
The Governor General signs the bill into law!
A new report by the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis (CANCEA) gives us a first ever look at the economic impacts of a national Basic Income in Canada.
To shift the conversation about basic income to recognize it as an economic need and economic opportunity, with the goal of seeing UBI implemented in Canada.
We want a Canada where everyone can pursue their potential and not be held back by basic material constraints or unsafe environments.
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