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e-211 (Social benefits)

42nd Parliament
Initiated by Dougald Lamont from Winnipeg, Manitoba, on February 29, 2016, at 3:40 p.m. (EDT)
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Budget 2016 (March 22, 2016)
Guaranteed annual income
Income distribution
Pilot projects
Government Response Tabled

Petition to the Government of Canada

Whereas:
  • 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.
Winnipeg Centre
Liberal
Manitoba
Petition presented to the House of Commons on June 14, 2017 (Petition No. 421-01518)
Government response tabled on August 16, 2017 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-01)
Open for signature : February 29, 2016, at 3:40 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature : June 28, 2016, at 3:40 p.m. (EDT)
Province / Territory
Signatures
Alberta
173
British Columbia
311
Manitoba
694
New Brunswick
37
Newfoundland and Labrador
15
Northwest Territories
15
Nova Scotia
140
Nunavut
2
Ontario
853
Prince Edward Island
40
Quebec
175
Saskatchewan
67
Yukon
6
Other Countries
18
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