May 30,

The Basic Income We Want

January 25, 2017 – Community Consultation in Peterborough on January 26, 2017
To ensure that Peterborough residents’ voices are included in the Ontario government’s consultations on a basic income pilot project, the Basic Income Peterborough Network, in partnership with a number of local groups, has organized a local consultation event. Called The Basic Income We Want, a dinner and community discussion will be held on:

Date: Thursday, January 26, 2017
Time: 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Seeds of Change, 534 George Street North, Peterborough.

The discussion will be open and inclusive and all voices will be heard in small discussion groups. A light dinner will be offered at 5:00 p.m. followed by a presentation by Tim Ellis, from the Ontario Basic Income Network at 5:30 p.m., and then consultation discussions.
The Ontario government will be launching a Basic Income Pilot Project in 2017 and recently released Hugh Segal’s discussion paper, titled “Finding a Better Way: A Basic Income Pilot Project for Ontario”. Government officials are currently holding community consultations across Ontario to gather input on the design and implementation of the pilot.
‘Basic Income’ is a monthly payment that makes sure all people have sufficient income to meet their basic needs. It is gaining momentum as a viable way to address poverty and income security.

Jason Hartwick, Co-chair of Basic Income Peterborough, emphasized that, “we especially want to make sure the provincial government hears directly from the people in Peterborough who would be most impacted by a basic income.”
For more information about the province’s basic income consultations and process visit: https://www.ontario.ca/page/basic-income-pilot-consultation
See also this guide: https://www.ontario.ca/page/consultation-guide-basic-income-pilot-project

Anyone who is unable to participate in these consultations can provide feedback through:
Basic Income Pilot: Public Survey https://www.ontario.ca/form/basic-income-pilot-public-survey
Or, via an e-mail directly to the provincial government at basicincome@ontario.ca

The province is accepting feedback on basic income pilot design and implementation until January 31, 2017.
Co-sponsors include Nourish, YWCA Peterborough Haliburton, Peterborough Poverty Reduction Network, Peterborough Public Health, Peterborough Social Planning Council, Peterborough District Labour Council, and United Way of Peterborough & District.

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For further information about The Basic Income We Want event, contact 705-743-3526, or events@nourishprojects.ca.
For more information about Basic Income Peterborough Network, contact:
Susan Hubay : hubay@sympatico.ca
Jason Hartwick: jason_hartwick@yahoo.ca

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