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Updated: Mar 2, 2019

Do you want to organize a community event to discuss BASIC INCOME as a way to end poverty and ensure economic security for all?

The Ontario Basic Income Network can help you to organize such an event!

A film entitled The Manitoba Story is available to you at no cost, and could be the focus of a meeting in your community. The film describes a basic income experiment called “Mincome” that took place in Dauphin, MB in the 1970s.

Mincome changed the lives of participants in very significant ways. These changes have been documented in research by Dr. Evelyn Forget and others.

In The Manitoba Story, Dauphin residents tell their own stories in personal and powerful ways. The film is 20 minutes in length, and can be used with tools to animate discussion as part of a “BIG Experience.”

Get in touch with us at OBIN if you are interested in telling “The Manitoba Story” in your community, OR would like to organize a similar community event featuring speakers and audio-visual resources.

To discuss further, please contact one of these people:

John Mills (based in Hamilton) phone: 289 933 1199

Jim Mulvale (based in Caledon, near Toronto) phone: 437 488 9600

Ruth Westcott (based in Thunder Bay) phone 807 707 2756

Note: Ruth is working with Truth Be Told, the producers of The Manitoba Story, to arrange showings and discussion in local public libraries. Contact Ruth for more information.

Updated: Dec 18, 2018

Dr. Evelyn Forget's most recent piece in the Globe and Mail explores why Basic Income in Canada is inevitable. Click here for the full story.

In Canadian policy circles, “basic income” has come to mean a stipend paid to families or individuals without the many conditions and rules that govern existing income-assistance programs. The amount received is gradually reduced as income from other sources increases.

However, basic income is not just about welfare reform. A basic income is most valuable to people in the middle class and those hoping to join them. Here’s why a Canadian basic income is inevitable.