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


 


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    The OBIN C Team is accepting applications!

    Ontario Basic Income Network (OBIN) is accepting applications to join the C Team. If you want to join a welcoming team dedicated to promoting Basic Income, check out our call for applications. With provincial elections in Ontario and municipal elections in Toronto on the horizon for next year, this is the perfect time to get involved!
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    Eastern Ontario Outaouais Regional Council to host online event for the book The Case for Basic Income: Freedom, Security, Justice

    On October 21, between 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm, the Eastern Ontario Outaouais Regional Council will be hosting an event to present the book The Case for Basic Income: Freedom, Security, Justice by Jamie Swift and Elaine Power. The event is being organised by Guaranteed Livable Income Ottawa and will be online. You can find more details about it and register here.
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    Federal Election sees new and old Basic Income advocates headed to parliament

    The federal election on September 20, 2021, saw basic income advocates elected and re-elected to the House of Commons. Julie Dzerowicz, who introduced Bill C-273, which would "requires the Minister of Finance to develop a national strategy to assess implementation models for a guaranteed basic income program", was re-elected as the MP for Davenport in a close election. Other Liberal Ontario MPs who took Basic Income Now's 'Candidate's pledge' to support the establishment of a national basic income who were elected include Nathaniel Erskine-Smith in Beaches-East York, Mark Gerretsen in Kingston and the Islands, and Yasir Naqvi in Ottawa Centre. The Green's Mike Morris won the party its first seat in Ontario after taking the pledge. The NDP is also sending a candidate from Ontario who took the pledge to parliament, Matthew Green of Hamilton Centre.
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    Sept. 18 Basic Income March

    Basic Income Now is organising a march on September 18th, just before the upcoming federal election. The March for Basic Income will begin at Nathan Phillips Square (city hall) by the big Toronto sign. From there, people will given maps and signs, and will be organised in groups and will walk up through Yonge and Dundas, ending in Yorkville, with speakers interspersed along the route.  You can find more details and sign up for the march here.
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    Poll Finds Basic Income Top-3 Election Priority

    Back in July, a Leger poll, conducted in collaboration with the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS), found that "Addressing the situation for low-income Canadians with a universal basic income" was the third most popular answer to the question "With an election in Canada likely this fall, what do you feel is the most important issue to be debated?" 13% of Canadians responded this was the most important issue for them, behind economic recovery and rebuilding the healthcare system post-COVID-19. This put it ahead of climate change and indigenous reconciliation on the list of priorities for Canadians. With the election coming up in exactly one month today, it's important to make sure the establishment of a basic income will be a salient issue in this election.
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    Federal Election Called for September 20th

    On August 15th, Gov. Gen. Mary Simpson approved PM Justin Trudeau's request to dissolve Parliament, triggering an election for September 20th. Read more here.
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    Guaranteed Income Bill Introduced in US Congress

    Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) introduced a bill that would send monthly payments — or "guaranteed income" — of up to $1,200 for adults and $600 for children following pilot programs across the U.S. The proposal is is "designed to build a 21st-century economy that is reflective of Americans’ everyday needs." Read more here.
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    Basic Income Bill C-273 Reading on June 14th

    Julie Dzrerowicz, the Liberal MP for Davenport, will have her first hour of second reading for Bill C-273 this Monday, June 14th. You can watch the debate through CPAC. Bill C-273 requires Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland to create a national strategy for a Guaranteed Basic Income, including potential partnerships with provinces to determine how best to structure and implement a Basic Income. The bill includes support for dedicated Basic Income research into: how it would affect the efficiency of government; how it could support entrepreneurship, job creation, and civic action in a new economy; and how it would impact Canadians and our communities. You can visit UBI Works to add your name to the petition supporting C-273.
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