Otherwise, when someone writes you a check every month and you're asked to do nothing...that's just too easy.
We ask them to take care of themselves and their families...if they have such.
You seem to have no idea of how people will manipulate this if allowed.
Actually we do. There have been two small tests of GAI in small cities in the past. And the CERB payments have essentially been a few questions asked GAI system for the last few month that millions have participated in... https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benef ... eport.html
Anyone who gamed the system will be taxed back.... If they gamed it through odd jobs paying unreported cash I guess they could get away with that - but these opportunities are pretty small because businesses can't report this as an expense then and all payments as salary must be reported as part of taxation with the recipients social insurance number. (Its why we have few undocumented working illegally too, which is why illegal immigration is so low).
The reason you have so many loop holes for illegal immigrants and scamming the system is that corporations have resisted many of the regulations that would stop illegal immigrants from working. Mostly because the lower pay they can get an illegal to work for offsets any tax benefit. And if they play along with fake social insurance numbers even that is eliminated.
By the way, if you think so many people would game the system to work at odd jobs, doesn't it contradict the notion you've put forward that you'd eliminate people's motivation to work?
Look, everyone wants to do better for themselves and their children. But when you make people jump through hoops to get basic assistance when they hit a rough patch, you make it harder for them to actually successfully improve. The notion that poor people need to be closely monitored lest they spend a few dollars enjoying themselves seems like a vestige of the Puritans.
Hell, if the same kind of effort was spent on policing the super rich, I suspect far more savings could be found in unpaid taxes and misappropriated funds.
BTW we've also being paying Old Age Assistance, which is Guaranteed Income to Senior citizens for many decades. You know, it didn't lead to senior citizens wasting it all on drugs and bingo. They actually spent it on rent and food... (well, some on bingo, a little on rum...)
Maybe in Canada no one in manipulates the system.
Sure we do. And things like welfare are expensive to administrate for cities and provinces because they try to totally eliminate the manipulation be a minority of recipients.
But stuff like employment income and taxes, because employers generally won't risk breaking rules, is very very hard to manipulate. As the cash economy shrinks even more with electronic banking this gets even harder.
By the way, the GAI isn't a sure thing here... We'll see in the next Throne speech if its introduction is planned for this year though...