Ontario, Canada is taking some drastic measures that are pushing the line towards socialism.
They are considering giving their resident a ‘basic income,’ which is a regular monthly allowance handed out by the government.
So far, 4000 people across three areas inside the province of Ontario will be given additional income based on their current salary, up to almost 17k a year.
People are deemed eligible if they are low income and between the ages of 18 and 64 years old. They are chosen through a randomized selection process.
This ‘basic income’ system may work in smaller, more unified European countries, but with a country as large as Canada, it would prove to be quite difficult.
There have been many trials such as this one with areas experimenting with a basic income, but there are mixed results. Often, smaller areas and undeveloped areas find that they have better success. Neither of these apply to Canada.
Skeptics, meanwhile, argue that because many basic income trials have been conducted in small villages in the developing world, the findings don’t necessarily translate to developed countries.
Ontario’s trial will begin in the regions of Hamilton, including Brantford and Brant County, and in Thunder Bay and the surrounding area. The third pilot will launch in Lindsay in the fall.
“Everyone should benefit from Ontario’s economic growth,” Wynne said in a statement. “A basic income will support people in our province who are reaching for a better life.”