Last updated: April 9, 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.
Step 1: Sign and share this petition and email your MP to vote YES.
Step 2: Tweet your MP using the tool below the petition.
Step 3: Write a letter to your local editor and ask them to cover Bill C-273.
To read the full text of the bill: An Act to establish a national strategy for a guaranteed basic income.
In Canada, only the government is allowed to raise taxes and spend money through the introduction of a draft law called a Government Bill. A Basic Income or even a Basic Income pilot would cost money and can therefore only be proposed by the government.
The current government is not moving on basic income, so it is left to individual Members of Parliament to advance the issue with the tools that they have: the Private Member’s Motion and the Private Member’s Bill...
MP Leah Gazan is using a Private Member’s Motion. Motion 46 for a Guaranteed Livable Basic Income was introduced in August of 2020 but has not yet been brought for debate or vote. A motion is a resolution and calls on the government to take a specific course of action. If the motion gets more than 50% of MPs to vote YES on it, it becomes an official opinion of the House.
Motions are non-binding, have shorter debates, and only require the approval of MPs (not Senators too) so they can be passed relatively quickly. If Motion 46 is passed, it would mean that it is the official position of the House that the government should introduce legislation to replace the Canada Emergency Response Benefit with a permanent guaranteed livable basic income; but the government is not required to do anything from the motion.
MP Julie Dzerowicz is using a Private Member’s Bill. A bill is a draft law. Because of this, it needs to pass both the House and the Senate and requires a longer debate process. If the bill gets more that 50% of MPs to vote YES on it, it will become the law.
If Bill C-273 is passed, it would require the Minister of Finance to prepare a strategy for assessing models of implementing Basic Income and then report to the House on the results of this strategy in each province; but C-273 itself can’t fund the implementation of this strategy.
On the surface, M-46 and C-273 have major differences and represent different tactics and philosophies about how to pressure the government to move forward on Basic Income. UBI Works has advocated for both and believes that if you are a Basic Income supporter, each of these initiatives and their champions deserve your support.
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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