The Quebec government has taken a “positive first step” toward a universal basic income with its commitment to provide a set amount of money to those unable to work, says a proponent of the idea.

“I think it’s a move in the right direction,” said Jonathan Brun, co-founder of Revenu de base Québec.

It also, Brun said, “puts the terminology square and centre within government policy.”

The new measure is part of a larger $3-billion anti-poverty plan announced Sunday. An estimated 84,000 Quebecers would qualify for the minimum income, largely those with physical and intellectual disabilities.