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e-211 (Social benefits)

Initiated by Dougald Lamont from Winnipeg, Manitoba

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • Income inequality in Canada is reaching levels not seen in decades;
  • The cost of administering many separate income support programs is high;
  • Some current income supports and social assistance create a disincentive to work, by punishing recipients or clawing back benefits should they get part-time work;
  • Income inequality and poverty have been related to countless negative outcomes, especially for children, including: mental and physical health problems, as well as lifetime educational and employment outcomes and life expectancy;
  • The concept of a guaranteed minimum income, or "Mincome" has been proposed, with support from across the political spectrum;
  • The idea of Mincome has been championed by former Senator Hugh Segal, and endorsed by the late Nobel-Prize winning economist Milton Friedman, who called it the "negative income tax.";
  • A Mincome pilot project in Dauphin Manitoba was launched in the 1970s, co-funded by the Federal and Provincial governments; and
  • The data from this experiment showed many significant improvements, including: better school attendance, improved mental and physical health outcomes, and less use of the health care system.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Minister of Finance to join with interested Provinces, Municipalities and Indigenous communities to fund and launch experimental pilot Mincome projects, as soon as possible, in order to determine the efficacy and viability of a Guaranteed Minimum Income in Canada, and to include funding for these projects in the 2016-2017 budget.
Government response tabled on August 16, 2017 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-165-01)
Open for signature
February 29, 2016, at 3:40 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
June 28, 2016, at 3:40 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Robert-Falcon Ouellette (Winnipeg Centre)
June 14, 2017 (Petition No. 421-01518)
Government response tabled
August 16, 2017
Photo - Robert-Falcon Ouellette
Winnipeg Centre
Liberal Caucus
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