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It Pays to be Canadian
Canada's most populous province will soon begin paying people to live in Ontario.
There are many perks to living in Canada—cheap medicine, cute polar bears, that cool leaf on the flag. Now, in one province, there will soon be another: a monthly paycheck.
According to Ontario’s 2016 budget, the province will be experimenting this year with a “basic income” program, providing a subsistence wage to citizens of the province just for being alive.
The stipend is meant to pay for basic needs, like food, clothing and utilities, and proponents hope it will help citizens cope with fluctuations in the job market.
It’s good to be Canadian.