Building a Basic Income with the CERB platform

The CERB is nothing like a basic income, but it might be the platform we use to build one

Posted on May 22, 2020 in Social Security Debates

Source: — Author: Andrew Coyne     MAY 22, 2020.  

One thing on which nearly everyone seems to agree is that the present crisis, with millions unemployed and governments straining to keep them all fed and housed, offers an opportunity to rethink our approach to income support. The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) has attracted particular attention as a possible model for the long-sought ideal of social-policy reformers everywhere: a guaranteed annual income – or as it’s called more often nowadays, basic income.