Bill 173 - Act mainly to introduce a basic income for persons with a severely limited capacity for employment
The Québec Ombudsman supports the objectives of Bill 173 –– Act mainly to introduce a basic income for persons with a severely limited capacity for employment. However, in a letter to the Committee on Labour and the Economy, it commented on two subjects.
Basic Income Program
By proposing a more advantageous Basic Income Program, the government recognizes the special situation of people with a severely limited capacity for employment. The Québec Ombudsman is critical that although the benefit will increase progressively starting in 2019, other provisions that would relax requirements—such as those related to liquid assets, studies and living with a spouse—do not come into force until 2023. It recommended that these provisions come into force at the same time as those providing for the gradual increase in benefits.
Exclusion of child support in calculating last resort financial assistance benefits
Neither the Bill nor the regulatory intentions tabled by the Minister address the matter of the exclusion of child support in calculating last resort financial assistance benefits. The Québec Ombudsman has repeatedly insisted on the importance of excluding these amounts in calculating these benefits. That is why it made a recommendation on the subject.