CERB was a lifeline but no paradise, highlighting the struggles of social assistance recipients to get by on much less.
Despite evidence that cash payments can help improve well-being, they have limitations as well, according to a development economist.
Adopting a universal basic income requires a fundamental restructuring of the existing social safety net in Canada, and would not necessarily conquer income inequality and poverty.
The relative success of the CERB during the pandemic shows the time is finally right for a permanent basic annual income program.
Francis Townsend had a similar if less ambitious idea in the 1930s that never got through Congress but ended up making Social Security a lot more generous.
Ontario's basic income project was deeply flawed and cursed by a lack of quality data. It needs a major overhaul.
Research shows that guaranteed basic income programs spur economies and improve mental and physical health. That's why Ontario's decision to scrap the province's pilot project is such a bad idea.