Recent Webinars

Kim Pate's Senate Floor Speech on Economic Recovery

Senator Kim Pate, a supporter of Basic Income, recently gave a speech on the economic recovery after introducing a motion which calls on the Senate’s National Finance Committee to examine the human, social and financial costs of abandoning people in poverty and the potential for implementing measures such as guaranteed livable basic income.


Otonabee College Department of Sociology Universal Basic Income discussion

Elaine Power, Jessica Topfer, and James Struthers discuss Basic Income and its history.

Basic Income and Climate Change

Tamarack Institute hosted a webinar on Basic Income and climate change with Mitchell Beer, Jim Mulvale, Janet Patterfung, and Scott Santens, moderated by Natasha Pei.

Webinar: Basic Income + Youth

Co-presented by Basic Income Hamilton and The Basic Income Canada Youth Network

Explore the benefits of basic income and how it could be a game changer for youth in Canada. Speakers include:

Alana Baltzer: Co-Chair of HOPE (Hamilton Organizing for Poverty Elimination) and Ontario Basic Income Pilot Participant

Manpinder Dhillon: High school graduate & Basic Income Canada Youth Network Member

Marie Dolcetti-Koros: National Treasurer, Canadian Federation of Students

Madi Fuller: Career Success Specialist, Juno College & Chair, Young Entrepreneurs and Professionals (YEP) Hamilton

Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah ~ Executive Director, Canadian Centre for Gender + Sexual Diversity

Moderated by Basic Income Canada Youth Network Co-Chairs Kendal David and Chloe Halpenny

Workshop: Talking to politicians about basic income

Small Business: The Case For Basic income

The second in a series of free and virtual lunch hour discussions about basic income. Small Business: The Case for Basic Income took place on 11 February 2021. Speakers include:

Brett is Vice-President and Deputy Chief Economist at Scotiabank. Prior to joining Scotiabank in 2016, he was Chief Economist at an alternative investment management start-up in Toronto and Global Strategist at Woodbine Capital Advisors. Brett served as Principal Advisor in the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General and as an economist at the International Monetary Fund. He is a Rhodes Scholar with degrees in economics from the University of Oxford and Queen’s University at Kingston.

Keanin has been the President and CEO of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce since 2013. Prior to that, he was Chief Operating Officer of Innovation Factory, Hamilton’s Regional Innovation Centre, and a lawyer at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Washington, DC. He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo and the College of William & Mary School of Law. He also serves on the Board of the Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority.

Floyd is the founder of UBI Works, and CEO and co-founder of C4Media, which provides software development news and online learning events, and annual international conferences. Floyd is an angel investor in over a dozen start-ups and has built teams and businesses in the US, Canada, China, Brazil and Europe. A CEO advocate for universal basic income, Floyd and Paul Vallée, CEO of Tehama, organized 120 Canadian CEOs to endorse basic income in Canada in 2018.

Charla is President of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce. Her passion for local issues and work experience on Parliament Hill, at Queen’s Park, and with municipalities across northwest Ontario are invaluable in developing and promoting key policies to all orders of government. Charla is a Director with the Thunder Bay Port Authority and founding Director of Administration for both the Thunder Bay Blues Festival and the Thunder Bay Marathon.

Leanna and Luis opened their health-food restaurant, Fresh FueLL, in Lindsay in 2015. As participants in the now-cancelled Ontario Basic Income Pilot, they received $800 monthly to help them make ends meet while fast-tracking their business. L & L aim to be great parents, children, siblings, friends, and community members. They proudly opened a brand new location in January 2021.

Webinar date: 11 February 2021

Women + Work: The Case for Basic Income

Webinar date: 10 December 2020

Deirdre Pike moderated the first in a series of free and virtual lunch hour discussions on basic income. Women + Work: The Case for Basic Income took place on 10 December 2020.

Speakers include:
Senator Kim Pate is a nationally renowned advocate who was the executive director of the Canadian Association of the Elizabeth Fry Society supporting some of the most marginalized, victimized, criminalized and institutionalized. In April 2020, Senators Kim Pate and Frances Lankin spearheaded an open letter from 50 senators to the Prime Minister on a nation-wide guaranteed livable income program.

Dr Smith-Carrier is an assistant professor and graduate program coordinator in the School of Social Work and Co-Director of the Multidisciplinary Applied Research Centre at King’s University College at Western University, and chair of Basic Income London Ontario.

Josephine Grey has been a human rights advocate, community organizer and public speaker for decades. She is co-founder of Low Income Families Together (Toronto) and a founding director of the Center for Social Justice, the Income Security Advocacy Centre, and the St. James Town Community Co-operative.

Jessie Golem was a participant in the Ontario Basic Income Pilot. She is a photographer and the creator of the “Humans of Basic Income” portrait series.

Special musical guest:
Lori Yates is a singer-songwriter and has been nominated for a Juno Award, a Canadian Country Music Award, a Polaris Prize Award, and has won many Hamilton Music Awards including Songwriter of the Year and SOCAN #1 Award.

In partnership with:
Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction, Hamilton Community Foundation, Ontario Basic Income Network, Hamilton Social Planning and Research Council

Webinar - UBI Report Launch: Basic Income can speed up Canada's recovery & grow economy sustainably

Webinar date: 12 December 2020

A report launched 9 December 2020 by the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis (CANCEA) shows Basic Income can grow our economy sustainably, create jobs, and speed up Canada's recovery. Full report & highlights are at

On December 12, 2020, UBI Works held a national live stream event to launch this new report, joined by hundreds of UBI activists across the country to celebrate what could be a new face of Basic Income activism in Canada.

0:00 - Intro
4:39 — Special messages from Andrew Yang, former US Presidential Candidate, and Benjamin Tal, Deputy Chief Economist of CIBC
7:20 — Paul Smetanin, President & CEO of CANCEA
21:44 — Former Senator Hugh Segal, a trailblazer in Canadian Basic Income advocacy
27:42 — Floyd Marinescu, Founder of UBI Works and CEO of C4Media Inc., presents the findings of this report. For the presentation slides, click here.
39:53 — Brett House, Vice-President & Deputy Chief Economist of Scotiabank
56:22 — Benjamin Tal, Deputy Chief Economist of CIBC, in conversation with Floyd Marinescu
1:06:28 — Jessie Golem, Creator of Humans of Basic Income, shares real life stories of Canadians who have a lived experience of the insights from this report
Additional remarks and Q&A:
1:15:16 — Former Senator Hugh Segal & Brett House on the importance of providing liquidity to Canadians with Basic Income
1:20:10 — Floyd Marinescu on support for Basic Income from the business community
1:21:41 — Brett House on the inability of the current financial system to hold up this recovery, plus the significance of increased productivity and efficiency of growth from Basic Income
1:25:02 — Paul Smetanin: Basic Income has its own justification, besides economic growth — but this report shows the investment can be sustainable.
1:27:13 — Closing remarks by Floyd Marinescu

Webinar – How Best to Pilot UBI in Ireland as part of the Programme for Government

Webinar date: 21 November 2020

This is an edited recording of the Basic Income Ireland Annual Forum on 21 November 2020. The topic was "How Best to Pilot UBI in Ireland as part of the Programme for Government". The keynote speakers were Evelyn Forget, Wendy Hearty and Jurgen De Wispelaere, with responses by Helen Johnston and Sean Ward.

The speakers each gave their talk and later in the Forum gave closing remarks. If you would like to skip to each speaker, the approximate start of their talk time is first followed by their closing remarks start time.

Evelyn: 14:14 / 1:21:50

Wendy: 29:15 / 1:23:00

Jurgen: 45:00 / 1:24:30

Webinar - UBI: The Pathway to Inclusion

Webinar date: 18 November 2020

The video contains links to several resources as well which we hope you will find useful:

Evelyn Forget’s latest book Basic Income for Canadians: from the covid-19 emergency to financial security for all is available from Amazon and Chapters or through her publisher:

Chandra Pasma’s and Sheila Regehr’s paper: Basic Income: Some Policy Options for Canada is available at

Senator Kim Pate’s Perspective: Why a Guaranteed Livable Income is available at

Ontario Basic Income Network

Basic Income Canada Network