Last updated: December 20, 2021
"Whereas every person should have access to a livable basic income…
The Minister must develop a national framework for the implementation of a guaranteed livable basic income program throughout Canada”
If passed, this law would require the Minister of Finance, within one year, to create a Canada-wide framework for the implementation of a Guaranteed Livable Basic Income. Simply put, this means that the federal government would need to put together the standards and plan from which it, along with the other levels of government, could create Basic Incomes in their jurisdictions.
It requires that the Minister consult all other relevant Ministers and their provincial counterparts; Indigenous elders and governing bodies; as well as policy and Basic Income experts. The report must also include any social, health or economic conclusions and recommendations that would complement the framework and guide the creation of a Basic Income scheme.
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What won't Bill C-223 do?
Like Bill C-273 before it, Bill C-223 is a Private Member’s Bill so it is limited in what it can force the government to do. In our system, only the government is allowed to raise taxes and spend money, so only the government is able to actually create a Basic Income.
That is why this bill does not detail how the GLBI would work, precisely who would get it, or how much it would cost and be paid for. However, this bill does require the government to take the first crucial step to convene all the necessary stakeholders, hash out the many complicated issues, and make an actual plan so that provinces, territories and the federal government can move forward together and create a Basic Income.
Where can I read the text of Bill C-223?
Read the full text: National Framework for a Guaranteed Livable Basic Income Act.
What’s the difference between this and previous Bills and Motions?
Like Bill C-273 and Motion 46 before it, this bill aims to pressure, or otherwise require, the government to formally start investigating and determining how a Basic Income should work and be implemented in Canada. However, neither of these two previous legislative attempts was passed: Motion 46 was defeated and Bill C-273 was not brought to a vote before Parliament ended because of the election.
The differences between these pieces of legislation include, specifying who would qualify for a Basic Income, who must be consulted about creating these plans, and the timelines for doing so.
In our opinion, Bill C-233 has two key new features. First, it recognizes Basic Income is not, in and of itself, a total solution to poverty and therefore requires that it be complimented by national standards for health and social supports that would work alongside the program. Second, it explicitly forbids the introduction of a Basic Income causing a reduction in the services or benefits people are receiving as part of exceptional health or disability programs.
Bill C-223 is introduced in the House of Commons.
MPs debate Bill C-223, 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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