Basic Income Goes Viral: Essential for Pandemic Recovery, Says New Report

For Immediate Release - 17 June 2020

Work is not enough to guarantee Canadians basic security. It never was. The only way to deal with this harsh reality is for one of the world’s richest countries to guarantee a basic livable income to everyone, regardless of employment status. This is a key conclusion from the report Rethinking Work and Income Security in the 21st Century: The case for Basic Income and Work.

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Upcoming Webinar - Basic Income: Towards Gender Equity - 18 June 2020


Date: Thursday, June 18, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. ET

Speakers: Tracy Smith-Carrier, Josephine Grey & Evelyn Forget

Moderator: Laura Cattari

Hosted by: The Tamarack Institute

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The Conference Board of Canada's Interview with Hugh Segal on a Guaranteed Income

Millions have been relying on the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) these past few months. This has been an extraordinary response to an extraordinary time. But people concerned about fighting poverty are looking to draw lessons from the pandemic for the future. Discussion is growing around the creation of a universal basic income for Canadians.

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Basic Income and Racism

One of the key advantages of a Basic Income is that it tackles poverty and economic exclusion which are outcomes of systemic (and sometimes blatant) racism and colonialism.  A Basic Income program should be given the green light immediately by the Federal Government as one step in eliminating these evils in Canada. Basic Income is also a logical element in creating an economic recovery plan and building a more inclusive Canadian society, as we transition out of the pandemic. 

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An Incremental Approach to Basic Income

There is much evidence indicating why a Basic Income is now urgently needed. However, implementing a national program will not be simple due to the diversity within Canadian society. Added to this is the complexity of jurisdictional responsibilities as well as the plethora of existing social assistance programs at all levels of government.

How the program is designed, developed, tested and implemented will have definite impact on its acceptance and sustainability.

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From Senator Kim Pate's Office: Why a Guaranteed Livable Income?

12 June 2020

Canada is a resource-rich, culturally diverse, and human-rights-promoting democratic country. Despite this, far too many Canadians do not experience equal access to protections, resources or opportunities. The result is a less fair, just and cohesive society where efforts focus on reacting to harms and issues rather than on approaches that proactively prevent and work to eradicate inequality and discrimination.

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Youth for Basic Income Webinar Series - June 11 to July 2

Join the Ontario Council for International Cooperation’s Youth Policy-Makers Hub for a series of conversations and workshops bringing a range of voices on Basic Income in Canada, including members of the BICYN steering committee.

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Introducing Coalition Canada

Coalition Canada: basic income/revenu de base* is Canada’s cross-country coalition of experienced Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) activists. The Coalition came together following the election of the Federal minority Liberal Government in October, 2019.  Advocacy groups from the Yukon and all Provinces except Newfoundland are currently represented.

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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: TheGlobeandMail.com — 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.

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Book Review from Citizens for Public Justice: Bootstraps Need Boots

As a self-proclaimed leftie and basic income supporter, I began Hugh Segal’s Bootstraps Need Boots: One Tory’s Lonely Fight to End Poverty in Canada both skeptical and curious. In this memoir-meets-case for basic income, the former Senator brings his personal and political experiences into conversation, resulting in a read that is both enjoyable and informative.

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