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Liberals ready to shake up Canada’s social policy with basic income guarantee

The federal Liberals have voted to shake-up Canada’s social policy by moving toward a “minimum guaranteed income” model. At the party’s national convention just held in Winnipeg, the resolution states the party will, in consultation with the provinces, “develop a poverty reduction strategy aimed at providing a minimum guaranteed income.” Reaction from the Basic Income Canada Network (BICN) was swift. ... Read More »

Politics and policy: Basic income in real life

This article written by Sheila Regehr, chair of the Basic Income Canada Network, was first featured in the UM Today e-newsletter at the University of Manitoba. The basic income idea is to ensure everyone sufficient income to meet basic needs and live with dignity, regardless of work status. In reality, in pilots and in current programs, it can take different ... Read More »

Robots and penniless humans: Basic Income is now an imperative

We are at the dawn of a new era of technology without parallel in history. Along with it, concern is rising that automation of all kinds, being developed at exponential rates, will displace labour on an unprecedented scale. For example, a 2013 study out of Oxford University predicted that automation will cause 47 percent of the jobs in the U.S. ... Read More »

Don’t let this Ontario basic income pilot gather dust

The problem of poverty – a deprivation among plenty — has blighted Ontario since our province’s beginnings, and has remained one of the more intractable problems of public policy. Poverty’s reach continues to impair hundreds of thousands of individuals, families and children. Recent evidence has suggested that, despite government spending commitments and some improvements in certain indicators, poverty is becoming ... Read More »

Paul Martin’s vision for indigenous people reborn in new federal budget

From a policy perspective, no former Canadian prime minister in living memory has done more after leaving office than Paul Martin. In particular, his work on behalf of indigenous Canadians has been stellar, an echo of his time in office. It was back in 2005, after 18 months of consultations with indigenous leaders, that Mr. Martin spearheaded the Kelowna Accord, ... Read More »

Moving to an entrepreneurial society with basic income improves capitalism

Roderick Benns recently interviewed Michael Schmidt, a Canadian entrepreneur, chemist and engineer. He was previously the founder and CEO of Listn, a mobile music startup based in Los Angeles California before its multimillion dollar acquisition by Robert Sillerman’s SFX Entertainment. He is now the CEO of Dovetale.com, a partner at PurifAid, a board member of K-Swiss and a member of the ... Read More »

The economy, jobs, and the need for basic income

The economy is in trouble so we’re in trouble. We’re worried about a general slow-down in activity, job losses, high personal debt levels, inequality, precarious employment, the hidden costs of underemployment and poverty, and so on. There’s a lot of debate going on about what to do. While many and varied prescriptions are being put forward, everyone from left to ... Read More »

Ontario government to try basic income guarantee pilot

After a groundswell of support from mayors across the province, including pressure from health units and organizations of all social policy stripes, Ontario will proceed with a basic income guarantee pilot project. The location of the pilot has not yet been announced but the recent provincial budget document makes clear that the government pledges to “work with communities, researchers and ... Read More »