As the federal Liberals prepare to release an updated throne speech later this month, some top MPs are pushing for a guaranteed basic income for all Canadians.
That would mean that virtually every Canadian adult would receive a set amount of money each month, regardless of their employment status.
It’s among more than 50 priority resolutions that have been brought forward ahead of the Liberal’s national convention in November.
Starting Saturday, the party and its members will be discussing the potential resolutions for two weeks.
MPs in favour of a basic income project says that it would simplify benefit applications for Canadians who are in need and reduce costs for the government.
Others say the pandemic has ‘poked holes’ in Canada’s social safety net.
Proponents of the plan also say it is the best way to ensure that everyone gets the help they need during the pandemic, leaving no one behind.
Other resolutions that will be up for discussion include the establishment of a national standard for long-term care homes.
Provinces would have to get some amount of federal funding for that plan to work.
An updated speech from the throne is expected to be read on September 23, but it’s not yet clear if a basic income plan will be included.