Last updated: October 11, 2023
"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 unconditional Basic Incomes in their jurisdictions.
No - there is no "this Basic Income". These bills merely require the government to produce a report on a potential framework for Basic Income. The central feature of any Guaranteed Basic Income program is that it is unconditional on anything other than age, income and residency.
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At the end of the day it all comes down to how MPs and Senators vote. There will be multiple steps for this Bill, and it can be rejected at any stage. Your MP is supposed to represent your voice in Parliament, so the first and most important step is to let them know you want this bill passed.
What won't Bills S-233 and C-223 do?
These bills do not detail how the GLBI would work, precisely who would get it, or how much it would cost and be paid for. What they do require is for 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.
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.
Where can I read the text of Bills S-233 and C-223?
Read the full text of Bill S-233: National Framework for a Guaranteed Livable Basic Income Act. Bill C-223 shares the same title and text and can be found here.
What’s the difference between these and previous Bills and Motions?
Like Bill C-273 and Motion 46 before it, these bills 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, Bills S-233 and C-223 have two key new features. First, they recognize that Basic Income is not, in and of itself, a total solution to poverty and therefore require that it be complimented by national standards for health and social supports that would work alongside the program. Second, they explicitly forbid 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.
Bills S-233 and C-223 are introduced in the House of Commons and Senate.
The bill is debated and voted 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 / Senate where all MPs / Senators can debate it and suggest more changes.
The bill is debated one last time and then voted on. If it receives 50% + 1 vote, it's as good as passed.
The bill goes through a similar process in the Senate as in the House of Commons, 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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