Ontario needs a basic income program.

------- A better way to fight poverty and adapt to a changing economy.

Alvin Tedjo

To prepare for the future, Ontario needs a basic income program.

Do you agree?

Ontario needs a basic income program.


A better way to fight poverty and adapt to a changing economy.

To prepare for the future, Ontario needs a basic income program.

Alvin Tedjo

Do you agree?

Do you agree?

(TORONTO, ONTARIO: October 30, 2019) Liberal leadership candidate, Alvin Tedjo, formally announced his plans to provide all Ontarians with Basic Income regardless of employment status. If elected Premier, Basic Income would be implemented immediately.


Tedjo’s plan for Basic Income comes on the heels of his announcement last week for Learning Together, which would see the Catholic and public school boards merged together under one roof.  The announcement received an overwhelmingly positive response from individuals and families who supported the move to a merged system. 


Now, Tedjo has come forward and pledged his commitment to address another fundamental challenge in our province - poverty and the changing economy.


“Ontario’s current social assistance program is expensive, bureaucratic and keeps people trapped in poverty,” said Tedjo. “Basic Income will fix those problems and help prepare us for the economy of the future.”


The Hon. Hugh Segal, former Senator and Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and Ontario Premier Bill Davis, endorsed Alvin and said, "Alvin Tedjo brings the kind of intellect, laser focus on society's real social and economic needs and, above all, political courage to make him a superb leader of any provincial political party seeking to govern Ontario with compassion, pragmatism and vision."


In 2017, the previous Liberal government launched a pilot for Ontario Basic Income. In 2018, Doug Ford’s Conservatives broke their election promise and scrapped it, despite evidence that it was helping people to escape poverty.


“The pilot showed us that we can address poverty more efficiently and more affordably.  I think it’s time to take Basic Income province-wide,” said Tedjo.


It’s recently been estimated that poverty costs Ontario’s economy, $33 billion per year. Tedjo’s plan for basic income, on the other hand, would cost only $6 billion. It would provide every Ontarian between 18 and 64 access to a minimum monthly income from $16,989 per year for a single person to $24,027 per year for a couple less 50% any earned income. (Source


“Basic income is an urgent economic need as well as an opportunity for Ontarians to grow the economy, take risks and pursue their potential in life,” said Floyd Marinescu, Executive Director of UBI Works and CEO of C4Media, who in 2018 organized 120 CEO’s to endorse Basic Income in Canada. “Alvin Tedjo is the candidate who is promising to make it happen for Ontarians.”


Stagnant wages, the rise of the gig economy and automation are also changing the way people work and earn an income in Ontario. Basic Income would help Ontarians adapt to these changes by providing a new level of financial security.


“People used to work the same job for forty years and retire with a pension. That’s not the case anymore. People are changing careers more often, starting businesses, going back to school and taking on temporary work more and more frequently. As automation and AI play a bigger role in the economy, the pace of change will only increase. Basic Income can help pave over that uncertainty and ensure everyone benefits from and can contribute to a growing economy,” Said Tedjo.


Key Facts 

Poverty costs Ontario’s economy, $33 billion, cost of basic income in Ontario is $6 billion. 


Tedjo’s plan for Basic Income includes:


$500 monthly top-up for persons with disabilities and continued drug & dental benefits

$16,989 per year for a single person, less 50% of any earned income

$24,027 per year for a couple, less 50% of any earned income


 The plan would also replace and improve upon the current social assistance program.


As a next step, the plan would see the development of a Dividend program to help Ontario adapt to the economy of the future.

“Basic Income is the tool we need to help us fight poverty and adapt to a changing economy. But to get it done, I’m asking Ontarians to get involved. Please visit HERE, and become a member of the Ontario Liberal Party before December 2nd to ensure we can win the Liberal leadership election and, in 2022, the Premier’s office,” said Tedjo. 


Tedjo will be touring the province over the next month to consult with Ontarians on his plans for Learning Together, Basic Income and Child Care.  Follow us on Twitter for dates and locations. @alvintedjo




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