Ontario Basic Income Network

Ontario Basic Income Network (OBIN) is a coalition committed to seeing Basic Income implemented in Ontario. It's a bold vision of dignity and justice for every Canadian regardless of work status—and we're inviting you to join our growing community of advocates.

Basic Income is an approach to economic security supported across the political spectrum. It provides a guaranteed level of income to cover basic needs, protecting a shrinking middle class and providing a real alternative to being trapped in the welfare cycle.

If it sounds like a new idea, it's really not. This is something we already do in Canada through the Guaranteed Income Supplement for seniors and the Child Tax Benefit for parents. They have been a massive success for decades in supporting seniors and families with children, with incredible benefits to the economy and to communities.

There is every reason to expect Basic Income can work well for other Canadians as well, far better than demeaning and stingy social assistance programs, and far better than forcing precariously employed people to bear all the risk of life's ups and downs on their own. What’s more, the government’s rapid response to the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us not only that it is necessary – but that it is possible. That is why we believe that the time is NOW for Basic Income


 


Basic Income Infographics

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We invite you to print the posters and circulate them and/or share them on your social media pages, on your website, and via email.


 


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    The Power Plant/CARFAC BI Panel Discussion

    On May Day, Saturday, May 1st at 2 pm, a panel speaking on basic income & the arts will take place. The panel was co-organized by Toronto's The Power Plant Contemporary Gallery website and CARFAC-Ontario (professional visual artists union). The panel will be moderated by Jason Samilski, Managing Director of CARFAC Ontario, and will explore what a Basic Income Guarantee is, how it would benefit artists and all Canadians, and how artists are well-positioned to provide leadership.
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    Basic Income and Small Business Video

    Small Business Enterprises (SMEs) create most of the jobs in Canada. A basic income would provide a fallback for startup owners. Rob Evans is one entrepreneur who has done his research and is convinced that a basic income is good for the country. Further information can be found in THE CASE FOR BASIC INCOME FOR SMALL BUSINESSES section.
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    2021 Liberal Convention Endorses Basic Income

    Liberal delegates to the party's policy convention have overwhelmingly endorsed a resolution calling for the establishment of a universal basic income (UBI) in Canada. It was adopted by 77 per cent of attendees at the virtual convention.  
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    Kim Pate Statement 7 April 2021

      The Honourable Kim Pate, C.M. | L’honorable Kim Pate, C.M. Senator for Ontario | Sénatrice pour l’Ontario   Statement An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Implementing Guaranteed Livable Income Delivers on Anti-Poverty Promises at Net Zero Cost  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OTTAWA, WEDNESDAY APRIL 7, 2021—The federal Liberal government has committed to reducing poverty by 50% by 2030. A guaranteed livable income would achieve this by next year and a net zero cost with minimal impact on the labour market. 
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    Canada’s Largest Municipal Arts Councils Ask for a Basic Income Guarantee

    Toronto Arts Council has joined the leaders of Canada’s largest municipal arts councils for the very first time to advocate on behalf of the artists and residents of Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Toronto and Winnipeg. You can read their strong statement of advocacy on their web page here. In an announcement in the Globe and Mail on 20 March, the councils presented their case for a basic income for artists in Canada. It begins, "As we come to terms with the one-year anniversary of COVID lockdowns, Canada’s arts community is focused on creating a brighter and more sustainable future. A future that takes advantage of the upheaval wrought by the pandemic, to repair the broken model outlined by Marsha Lederman on March 13 (Eight ways to fix the arts industry, postpandemic). To be effective, this repair will include provision of a Basic Income Guarantee."
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    Quotations and Did You Know?

    We will be featuring quotations and facts around basic income on a periodic but at least, weekly basis. The majority of items will be Canadian Quotes and Facts. If you have any “good ones”, please send them along to us at [email protected]
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    Letter-to-the-Editor Writing Workshop

    Subsequent to a National Basic Income Forum meeting held last month, the Ontario Basic Income Network and Basic Income Canada Youth Network have partnered to host a Letter to the Editor workshop. The workshop will take place on 22 February at 7:00 p.m. EST.
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    Statement: BC Expert Panel Recommends Too Little, Too Late on Basic Income

    The Final Report of the British Columbia Expert Panel on Basic Income was released in January 2021 and seems to provide another chapter in how to build bureaucracy without solving any problems. Senator Kim Pate, a stalwart champion of basic income released this statement in response to the report emphasising that the proposed solution "recommends continuing to slowly tinker with this patchwork of programs that we know, by design, will leave people in need still falling through the cracks".
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