Costing a Guaranteed Basic Income During the COVID Pandemic
Author: Carleigh Malanik-Busby, Nasreddine Ammar, Salma Mohamed Ahmed
Topic: Research and evaluation
Publisher: Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer
Location: Canada, Ontario
Format: Report
Content Type: Miscellaneous
Publication Date: July 7, 2020

The Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) supports Parliament by providing economic and financial analysis for the purposes of raising the quality of parliamentary debate and promoting greater budget transparency and accountability.

This report responds to a request from Senator Yuen Pau Woo to estimate the post-COVID cost of a guaranteed basic income (GBI) program, using parameters set out in Ontario’s basic income pilot project. In addition, the report provides an estimate of the federal and provincial programs for low-income individuals and families, including many non-refundable and refundable tax credits that could be replaced by the GBI program.

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