https://www.parl.ca/DocumentViewer/en/44-1/bill/S-233/first-readingThis enactment requires the Minister of Finance to develop a national framework to provide all persons over the age of 17 in Canada with access to a guaranteed livable basic income. It also provides for reporting requirements with respect to the framework.
This is a big deal in my opinion. If Canada adopts UBI successfully other Western nations will soon follow. I expect a wave of job resignations, COVID lockdowns and the furlough schemes demonstrated that many, many people are tired of the rat race. Your status in society would no longer be tied to your profession or how much you earn, people would be free to dedicate their time to what they are really passionate about, art, fitness, gardening, philosophy etc. I can't really imagine the wider implications of this but I am certain they would be huge.
On the one hand I am in favour of UBI as a necessary response to the impact various labour saving technologies will have on the job market in coming decades. On the other hand I can't help but think that once the majority of the population are reliant on UBI it gives the state a lot of power, your UBI could become contingent on being a good citizen (whatever that comes to mean in future). Also, as a rather socially conservative person, I do not look forward to the societal changes it would inevitably bring about.
I am not even thinking about how it will be funded and assume they have that all figured out. Money does not seem to be an obstacle to governments for the things that matter to them.
What do you think?