In February 2021, Julie Dzerowicz, Member of Parliament for Davenport, introduced legislation in the House of Commons that would enable a national strategy for a guaranteed basic income in Canada.
This is the first time a bill has been introduced in the House of Commons on guaranteed basic income.
More information can be found here.
If you don't live in the Davenport riding and would like to ask your Member of Parliament to support Private Member's Bill C-273, you can write to them asking them to support the legislation.
If you don't know your MP, you can find them through Elections Canada's Voter Information Service.
Feel free to use the template below:
Hello/Dear [Member of Parliament]
I am [Your Name] and I live in [name of riding/community]. I'm writing to encourage to support MP Julie Dzerowicz' Bill C-273, An Act to establish a national strategy for a guaranteed basic income.
Canada’s current social welfare system was created in the 1970s, and no matter how many times it is adjusted still too many people fall through the cracks. Our economy and way of live has changed dramatically since the last significant improvements to our social safety net in the mid-20th century. It is important for our social welfare system to better reflect the needs of Canadians for today and tomorrow and to be much more flexible at managing labour changes, disruptions and transitions. Bill C-273 proposes that guaranteed basic income is tested as a model that may deliver more flexibility for the new world of workers.
If passed, this bill would:
Basic income experts, academics and thought leaders have made it clear that there is already strong existing information that supports the effectiveness of guaranteed basic income but less so on the best ways or models to implement and deliver it. Bill C-273 is focused on enabling the capacity to frame, test and validate different models of implementation to get to those answers and that data.
As Canada moves its way through this pandemic, it is planning for post- COVID with the intention to spend $70-$100 billion over three years to jumpstart the Canadian economy. This is the perfect time to fix structural issues, to test innovative ideas, and to build our economic and social foundations back better.
I hope I can count on your support for this needed legislation.
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