Basic Income Quotations and Facts

The following Quotes and Did you Know? (Facts) are designed to prompt some reflection, add a bit of dry humour and provide a few facts that may startle or stimulate you to action.

OBIN has a treasure trove of good items on our website. They are all informative but admittedly may take time to read and digest. Sometimes a quote or a simple fact may grab attention to an issue and leave one with something to ponder upon.

The intent is to provide a new entry every week or so. While here, the hope is that you will take the opportunity to click on one of the newer items found under the News link.

The majority of items will be Canadian Quotes and Facts. If you have “good ones” please send them along to us at [email protected]



  • “Art at its most significant is a distant early warning system that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen.” Marshall McLuhan, Philosopher and Author
  • “You can never have international peace as long as you have national poverty.”  Professor Stephen Leacock, Humourist and Economist

Did You Know?

  • The median individual income of Canada’s artists is $24,300, 44% less than all Canadian workers ($43,500). The main component of total income, for most workers, is employment income (including wages, salaries, and self-employment earnings). A typical artist has employment income of $17,300, a figure that is 56% lower than the median of all workers ($39,000). From a report of research by the Canada Council for the Arts which can be downloaded here.

  • In March 2019, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) reported that Canada's relative poverty rate of 12.4% was "slightly above" the average for OECD member countries, which is 11.7%. February 2020 Statistics Canada report based on 2018 income tax returns, says that "3.2 million Canadians, including over 560,000 children, [are] living in poverty."