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Policy brief

Would a universal basic income reduce poverty?

Published on 15/08/2016

While a universal basic income sounds like a better way to reduce poverty, it is expensive and could leave some people worse off. Instead, we need to focus on our broader social safety net to see how well it works and how we can better guarantee a decent standard of living for all Canadians.

In this policy brief, Noah Zon, Maytree’s Director of Policy and Research, looks to make sense of the competing visions of basic income, what proposed solutions are on the table, how much they would cost and how those proposals differ from what we have today.

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Income security


This brief aims to make sense of competing visions of a basic income and looks at our existing system of basic income programs.