While some might see a guaranteed income as a basic human right, many Canadians believe it will discourage people from working.
A new Angus Reid Institute poll shows that more than 60% of Canadians subscribe to this line of thinking, and believe such a program would be too expensive for the government to implement.
The institute framed guaranteed income in amounts of $10,000, $20,000, and $30,000, and those who made less than any of those amounts through their regular employment would be paid the difference by the government.
Despite the fact that most believe it would discourage people from working, Canadians are generally supportive of the idea.
Many Canadians, however, aren’t willing to pay more in taxes in order to allow such a program to come to fruition. In fact, those earning six figure salaries are the most likely to say it would be too expensive for the government to implement a guaranteed income program.
When asked what the best reason for implementing a guaranteed income would be, most (47%) Canadians think providing stability for those who lose their jobs is the answer.
Finland recently introduced a guaranteed income program that sees each of the country’s citizens paid 800 Euros per month.
Meanwhile here in Canada, July saw 31,000 job losses across the country, driving up the unemployment rate up to 6.9%.