The Case for Basic Income Series

The Case for Basic Income Series is a series of projects which asks the question: "How can a Basic Income model of Social Support make a difference to these sectors and communities - work, health, food insecurity, the justice system, women, the arts, and LGBTQ+?"

Each sector deals with distinctive issues and concerns. Professionals who work in these sectors have a knowledge and experience base which reflects the needs of the sector or community. But, there is a common factor that underpins many of the problems and issues which policy experts, politicians, and many others are trying to deal with - income insecurity.

  • food insecurity is not caused by lack of food, but by lack of income
  • people in abusive relationships frequently can't leave because of income insecurity
  • precarious and unpaid workers need to have their work and their contribution to society recognized and be given income security
  • mental and physical health are compromised by income insecurity

The Case for for Basic Income Series brings together people within sectors and communities to help develop the reasons why a Basic Income Model of Social Support needs to be developed. Outcomes from the projects help to:

  • address issues related to Basic Income through the knowledge prism of sectors
  • build networks of Basic Income supporters in sectors
  • bring together people with a range of experience that includes both research and policy relevant to the sector, but also the experiences of front line workers and people with lived experience

Each 'Case' is focused on:

  • developing statements from sectors and communities which are sent to the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, and others. These statements have been signed by thousands of people and represent individuals, national and local organizations.
  • developing webinars to allow many people to listen, learn and ask questions. We need more respectful, informed discussion.
  • briefing notes are used to help convince our elected officials that they need to acknowledge that our current system is outdated and no longer effective. Our officials need to start recognizing that Basic Income IS the future.
  • letters to MP's to encourage our elected officials to start taking Basic Income seriously.

As each case is developed, and developing, we will post the information, statements, and reports here, on the OBIN website.

The Case for Basic Income Series has been developed by OBIN in concert with Basic Income Canada Network, Coalition Canada and Basic Income Canada Youth Network.