A province in Canada plans to pay some people just for being alive.
The idea is called basic income, and according to Ontario’s 2016 budget, a pilot program is in the works.
We don’t know who exactly will get paid, or how much, but the budget says the goal of the pilot program is to "test a growing view at home and abroad that a basic income could build on the success of minimum wage policies and increases in child benefits by providing more consistent and predictable support in the context of today’s dynamic labor market."
This isn’t the first time Canadians would receive an allowance just for being Canadian. Back in the 1970s, everyone in the town of Dauphin got a stipend to help pay for the cost of living.
Fast-forward a few decades and the idea is gaining momentum worldwide. In a push to do away with existing benefits, Finland plans to experiment with sending a monthly stipend to thousands of residents next year.