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Basic Income Canada Network urges support of basic income in House submission

The Basic Income Canada Network (BICN) has recently made its submission to the House of Commons Finance Committee pre-budget consultations, urging creation of a basic income that would be universally available to Canadians in times of need. BICN Chair Sheila Regehr writes in her executive summary that this is “an important time to build on basic income initiatives underway in ... Read More »

A middle class sustains democracy: A basic income solution

Today, as the world struggles toward political and economic answers to great problems, we have yet to implement workable solutions in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. Automation and the rise of economic disparity since the crisis is painting a picture in tones and hues of gross inequality. If the new revolution is all about automation, then how can ... Read More »

Basic Income as an equity issue in remote communities

It might not be surprising to learn that in Tuktoyaktuk, a community of about 900 people on the edge of the Arctic Circle, life isn’t easy. About 79 percent of the people who live there are Inuit. In 2012, 21 percent of the population received support in the form of income assistance. A full 85 percent live in subsidized housing. ... Read More »

Basic income remains the best public service

As basic income policy gets more press as a way to drastically reduce poverty, inevitably there will be those who seek to preserve the status quo approach. This has served us inadequately for many years and yet there are some believers who remain. These same believers often seek to create false policy choices, as Armine Yalnizyan has done in her ... Read More »

Charity, morality, or human right: Basic Income in context

It is estimated that about 40 percent of the North American population form the “precariat,” the term coined by Guy Standing in his 2008 paper, “How Cash Transfers Promote the Case for Basic Income.” A key result of looming poverty is the enormous financial strain placed on families, especially those hovering near the poverty line. For example, any small mishap ... Read More »

Abandoning desperate people only fuels racism, tribalism

  Brexit has given the most racist elements in Britain a voice. The similarities between the UKIP movement and Donald Trump are apparent. Wide condemnations are flying across the social media spectrum. No one wants to admit that Canada is more than capable of descending into similar vitriol. Even worse, no one wants to talk about the economics of abandonment ... Read More »

Waterloo Region becomes largest municipality in Ontario to support basic income resolution

Waterloo Region in Ontario has become the largest municipality in Canada’s largest province to support the movement toward establishing a Basic Income Guarantee in Canada. The motion – which originated with Kingston City Council and was sent to all municipalities across Ontario – called for a national discussion on the issue, urging the provinces and federal government to work together ... Read More »

Ontario appoints basic income advocate, Hugh Segal, as special advisor

Ontario has appointed the Honourable Hugh Segal to provide advice on the design and implementation of a Basic Income Pilot in Ontario, as announced in the 2016 provincial budget. Basic income, or guaranteed annual income, is a payment to eligible families or individuals that ensures a minimum level of income. Ontario will design and implement a pilot program to test ... Read More »

FoodShare fights for social justice

FoodShare is a food hub that advocates for establishing sustainable, healthy, inclusive and resilient communities with equitable access to nutritious and culturally appropriate vegetables and fruits. It’s Canada’s largest food security charity, creating integrated solutions to end social injustices. Currently, FoodShare has over 24 food related programs which run the gamut from a volunteer operated referral service connecting community members ... Read More »