New Report: Pilot Lessons
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Pilot Lessons

How to design a basic income pilot project for Ontario

In its 2016 Budget, the government of Ontario committed to designing a basic income pilot project. The idea of basic income is not new. But in the face of a radically different labour market and new technological disruption, the concept is once again on the radar of governments around the world. Our latest paper, in collaboration with the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI), takes a look at the research from a series of basic income experiments conducted in the U.S. and Canada in the 1960s and ‘70s. It discusses the lessons learned from these projects as well as several more recent experiments in low and medium income countries.

Taking into account recent changes to the structure of the labour market and the impending effects of technology and automation on jobs, Pilot Lessons explores how a basic income could impact entrepreneurship, innovation and society’s relationship to work. Combining these analyses of past experiments and the current context, the report makes recommendations on how Ontario could best design a basic income pilot project.


Evelyn L. Forget
Dylan Marando
Tonya Surman
Michael Crawford Urban

September 20, 2016
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