Thank you for the opportunity to bring forward our four recommendations for the 2021 budget. Coalition Canada’s recommendations are based on the research and on discussions with numerous groups and people from all walks of life across Canada.
Coalition Canada urges the federal government to:
1. Introduce a national basic income guarantee.
It should be paid monthly to residents of Canada aged 18 to 64. Other federal income transfers, such as the Guaranteed Income Supplement for seniors, should be adjusted to ensure fairness.
2. Design a national basic income guarantee program that delivers the greatest support to working-age adults with lowest incomes, regardless of work status.
Those with no income should receive the full benefit. As earned income increases beyond the established benefit level, the benefit should be gradually reduced by a proportion of earned income.
3. Engage with each province and territory to harmonize the social transfer they receive as the federal government assumes responsibility for income transfers to working-age adults.
Start with the Government of Prince Edward Island, which has already requested discussions with the federal government to provide a basic income guarantee for the people of PEI.
4. Include Indigenous people and governments in a national basic income guarantee.
Consultation must respect the sovereignty of Indigenous governments.