Government-funded experiments with guaranteed minimum income for families and/or
individuals have been tried on multiple occasions in Canada. In the 1970s, the government
of Canada and province of Manitoba collaborated to provide a guaranteed minimum
income for individuals and families in Dauphin, Manitoba with incomes below the poverty
line. More recently, the province of Ontario experimented briefly with guaranteed
minimum income in three communities, but the current government shut down the
program when it was elected in 2018. Meanwhile, guaranteed minimum income programs
exist in other countries. Is a minimum income program a reasonable approach to
income insecurity in Canada?

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