April 2022

Spring is here and the provincial election is just two months away, so there is plenty of Basic Income information to get to.

Basic Income Now for the Ontario Election June 2, 2022

This is an important time to advocate for a Basic Income, as the Ontario provincial election is fast approaching and at the Federal level the Liberal and NDP Parties have joined forces. It was after the last provincial election in 2018 that the newly elected progressive conservative government cancelled the Basic Income Pilot in Hamilton, Brantford, Lyndsey and Thunder Bay. We now have the opportunity to raise the issue of a Basic Income again as each of us has a democratic right to vote in the Ontario election. We collectively have a voice and the ability to identify a Basic Income as the foundation of a sustainable economy, just and healthier society for everyone. It’s urgent, effective and affordable!

The Basic Income Now campaign is a collaboration between Ontario and Canada’s leading Basic Income organizations: Ontario Basic Income Network, Basic Income Canada Network, Basic Income Canada Youth Network, Coalition Canada and UBI Works. Together with the grassroots organizations like Basic Income Hamilton, we are mobilizing individuals to raise the awareness of the need for a Basic Income. We understand that a basic income would be best created and implemented at a national level; however, the provincial government/candidates for the provincial parliament can make a commitment to work towards a Federal Basic Income Guarantee. This would include:

  • Advocating and working with the Federal Government on the development and implementation of a Basic Income Guarantee;
  • Shifting existing provincial income support system toward Basic Income principles that require less conditionality while providing recipients a liveable income with more autonomy

What can you do?

  • Continue to subscribe to the Ontario Basic Income Network newsletters at https://www.obin.ca/take_action
  • Make a donation to OBIN https://www.obin.ca/donate.  Your donations will assist us with the purchase of signs, merchandise and other items to distribute and promote a basic income 
  • Monitor the Basic Income Now website:  https://www.basicincomenow.ca/
  • Connect with candidates and ask them to take a pledge to support a Basic Income
  • Attend Local Candidates Debates
  • Watch for the Ontario Day of Action to be held in Toronto in May 2022; date is being finalize
  • VOTE on June 2 for candidate champions of a Basic Income

Merch Store

The online Basic Income Now Merch Shop has launched!  

Get vibrant swag & gear including hoodies, t-shirts, stickers and tote-bags. Order soon to shine at upcoming marches and events, or to show your support for basic income. 

The Merch Shop link is: basic-income-now.myshopify.com or use this shorter link: tinyurl.com/Swag4BI.  

For bulk ordering contact: [email protected]

Meet Ups and Rallies with Basic Income Now

We are reaching out to respected community leaders today to invite you to collaborate on the Basic Income Now campaign. 

OUR IMMEDIATE FOCUS is on the Ontario provincial election that is rapidly approaching. June 2nd is only a few months away. This is the time for the Basic Income Now campaign to get into high gear in this province. Our coalition is empowering local organizers and voters with the knowledge and tools they need to organize for a better future. 

Online Community Meet-ups are gaining momentum across Ontario: over 300-people participated last month. We are mobilizing locally for the June 2 Ontario election. 

To order Basic Income Now Signs for lawns, windows and rallies email Andrew McCann at: [email protected].  

SAVE THE DATE: On Saturday, May 14, is the Toronto Rally & March for Basic Income Now. Don’t forget to bring your signs and wear your new t-shirts. 

To get involved in community meet-ups in your area, and join rallies and events, or questions about swag and signs, please email us at: [email protected]

Stay tuned, for more information about the campaign in the coming weeks, and check out the website www.basicincomenow.ca

External Relations Coordinator Needed

The OBIN Coordinating team is seeking an External Relations Coordinator.  

  • Are you committed to a Basic Income?  
  • Are you a good communicator?  
    • Do you have a strong aptitude for building relationships? 
  • Do you have time to attend meetings? 
  • Are you organized? 

If you answered “Yes” to these questions, we invite you to apply for the volunteer role as the External Relations Coordinator.

Please submit your letter of interest to:  [email protected]

Green Resilience Project Final Report Launch

Mark your calendar! ​​On April 13 at 12pm ET, Green Resilience Project will be launching their final report, which summarizes a series of conversations hosted in communities across Canada on the links between climate change, income security and community resilience. They'll be chatting with a panel of our community partners about what they heard from their communities and where we go from here.

This event will be hosted via Zoom. Green Resilience Project will be announcing additional details in the coming weeks.

Hope to see you there!

Kingston Action Group

The Kingston Action Group for a Basic Income Guarantee have a new website with articles on Basic Income by Hugh Segal, Jamie Swift, Roberta Hamilton, and more. Check it out for useful information and great reads.

In Closing

We always appreciate hearing from you! Ideas, comments, etc. are needed to fuel our enthusiasm.

You can stay informed on our progress via our monthly Minutes.

Also, please consider donating. We appreciate anything and everything people can do to help.