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Canadian province to launch North America’s first major universal basic income test in 30 years

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Thousands of randomly chosen Canadians may soon receive free checks in the mail.

The province of Ontario just announced that a major trial run of a universal basic income program could begin as early as this summer.

Universal basic income is a largely untested policy concept in which every citizen would get a regular government stipend with no strings attached.

The idea of such a system has bounced around academic circles for decades, but it’s gained newfound traction lately as experts worry that advances in automation and artificial intelligence could kill millions of jobs. Read more…

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