Is a basic income on the horizon?
Advocates would say “absolutely”. It seems a day doesn’t go by without another opinion piece pointing out that the pandemic has created the ideal conditions for its adoption here in Canada.
People want radical change, especially for people who are struggling.
COVID-19 may render millions permanently unemployed and adopting a basic income would be truly transformative.Read more
The following editorial from Maclean's magazine suggests a national Basic Income may be the logical next step based on the relative success of the current emergency programs and the desire to eliminate poverty in Canada.Read more
There is much evidence indicating why a Basic Income is now urgently needed. This includes what it should be as well as the costs and benefits of minimizing income insecurity for all Canadians. However, implementing a national program will not be simple due to the diversity of Canadian society and 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.
Joe Foster has been a long time advocate for a Basic income from the perspective of human rights, politics and economics and is presently the OBIN Coordinating Team Facilitator.Read more
The Presbytarian Church in Canada letter to Prime Minister about Implementing a Guaranteed Basic Income
The Presbyterian Church in Canada has written to three key members of government, the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and the Finance Minister urging them to implement a Guaranteed Basic Income.
"As early as 1973, the Presbyterian Church in Canada communicated its support of what was then called a “guaranteed annual income” to the federal government.Read more
Tom Cooper led a webinar discussion with Canadian Senator Kim Pate, U.S. Advocate Scott Santens, and RSA Scotland's Jamie Cooke. They explored the international use of Basic Income as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, discussed the current political appetite for introducing a Basic Income that would truly prevent everyone from falling through the cracks, and finished by looking at how to build more political will to introduce Basic Income as a permanent part of our social safety net.
Watch webinar replay here.
In official (and unofficial) Ottawa circles, it’s one of the few remaining contexts in which engaging in a concerted effort to convince politicians to support — or oppose — a particular legislative or policy initiative doesn’t automatically trigger calls for a crackdown on the entire lobbying sector: the parliamentary lobby day buffet.Read more
Please consider personalizing and sending this letter to your local MP. Some MP's have started to respond to these letters and email exchanges have begun. We are working closely with Senators who support Basic Income. We are being told how important it is to build relationships and get information to our local (and not so local) MP's.Read more
Or will they? What a universal basic income could look like...
In an unemployment crisis unlike any since the 1930s, a guaranteed living is a tempting idea – if we can figure out how to make it effective and affordable in the long run. Here are some of our options...Read more
Join host, Mark Sutcliffe, for an online conversation on ending poverty with Hugh Segal, whose latest book, Bootstraps Need Boots, lays out the moral framework and the economic rationale for a universal guaranteed annual income for all. The discussion (May 26) will be followed by an audience Q&A.Read more
In an excerpt from her book, Better Now: Six Big Ideas to Improve Health for All Canadians (www.6bigideas.ca), Dr. Danielle Martin explains the biggest disease that needs to be cured in Canada is the disease of poverty. Part of the cure is to implement a Basic Income. Acting on it would do more to improve health than any other single policy our governments could embrace.Read more