First Session, Forty-fourth Parliament,
70 Elizabeth II, 2021
HOUSE OF COMMONS OF CANADA
BILL C-223
An Act to develop a national framework for a guaranteed livable basic income
FIRST READING, December 16, 2021
Ms. Gazan
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SUMMARY

This 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.
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1st Session, 44th Parliament,
70 Elizabeth II, 2021
HOUSE OF COMMONS OF CANADA
BILL C-223
An Act to develop a national framework for a guaranteed livable basic income

Preamble

Whereas every person should have access to a livable basic income;
Whereas the provision of a guaranteed livable basic income would go a long way toward eradicating poverty and improving income equality, health conditions and educational outcomes;
Whereas the provision of a guaranteed livable basic income would benefit individuals, families and communities and protect those who are made most vulnerable in society, while facilitating the transition to an economy that responds to the climate crisis and other current major challenges;
And whereas a guaranteed livable basic income program implemented through a national framework would ensure the respect, dignity and security of all persons in Canada;
Now, therefore, Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:

Short Title

Short title
1This Act may be cited as the National Framework for a Guaranteed Livable Basic Income Act.

Interpretation

Definitions
2The following definitions apply in this Act.
Indigenous governing body means a council, government or other entity that is authorized to act on behalf of an Indigenous group, community or people that holds rights recognized and affirmed by section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982. (corps dirigeant autochtone)
Minister means the Minister of Finance. (ministre)

National Framework

Development
3(1)The Minister must develop a national framework for the implementation of a guaranteed livable basic income program throughout Canada for any person over the age of 17, including temporary workers, permanent residents and refugee claimants.
Consultation
(2)In developing the framework, the Minister must consult with the Minister of Health, the ministers responsible for employment, social development and disability, representatives of the provincial governments responsible for health, disability, education and social development, Indigenous elders, Indigenous governing bodies and other relevant stakeholders, including policy developers and political decision-makers, as well as experts in other guaranteed livable basic income programs.
Content
(3)The framework must include measures
(a)to determine what constitutes a livable basic income for each region in Canada, taking into account the goods and services that are necessary to ensure that individuals can lead a dignified and healthy life, as well as the cost of those goods and services in accessible markets;
(b)to create national standards for health and social supports that complement a guaranteed basic income program and guide the implementation of such a program in every province;
(c)to ensure that participation in education, training or the labour market is not required in order to qualify for a guaranteed livable basic income; and
(d)to ensure that the implementation of a guaranteed livable basic income program does not result in a decrease in services or benefits meant to meet an individual’s exceptional needs related to health or disability.

Reports to Parliament

Tabling of framework
4(1)Within one year after the day on which this Act comes into force, the Minister must prepare a report setting out the framework, including any social, health and economic conclusions and recommendations related to its development, and cause the report to be tabled in each House of Parliament on any of the first 15 days on which that House is sitting after the report is completed.
Publication
(2)The Minister must publish the report on the website of the Department of Finance within 10 days after the report has been tabled in both Houses of Parliament.
Report
5Within two years after the report referred to in section 4 has been tabled in both Houses of Parliament, and every year after that, the Minister must, in consultation with the parties referred to in subsection 3(2), undertake a review of the effectiveness of the framework, prepare a report setting out the social, health and economic findings and recommendations related to the implementation and effectiveness of the framework, and cause the report to be tabled in each House of Parliament on any of the first 15 days on which that House is sitting after it is completed.
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