Five things about basic income in Canada that you never knew

Hearing a lot about basic income lately? Here are five things you might not have known about this emerging social policy idea.  We do it already…for seniors and families.  While it might be hard to imagine now, the majority of Canadians used to face great hardship in their senior years. Fortunately, by the 1970s a…

Most Ontario basic income sign-ups have been employed people

About two thirds of basic income sign-ups so far have come from the so-called ‘working poor,’ a fact Lindsay residents who are struggling should take note of as it begins to unfold in this small town north of Toronto. Ontario’s Minister of Community and Social Services, Helena Jaczek, and her counterpart, Peter Milczyn, the minister…

Lindsay basic income pilot in spotlight; TVO films Agenda episode in town

Lindsay was in the spotlight yesterday when TVO’s flagship show, The Agenda, was in town filming a special basic income episode. The crew chose the Pie Eyed Monk on Cambridge Street to tape the show, which is still under development as a craft brewery and restaurant. The three panelists who participated were Mike Perry, executive director of…

Professor says link between poverty and income levels not to be ignored

A professor at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba and the co-founder of EvidenceNetwork.ca says a basic income floor would create better health outcomes for Canadians. Noralou Roos, the founding director of the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, says the link between poverty and health is clear. “I’ve spent my whole career…

SSFC president wonders if enrollment will grow during basic income trial

Sir Sandford Fleming College President Tony Tilly says the upcoming basic income pilot in Lindsay is “exciting” – and he will be keeping an eye on Frost Campus’ enrollment numbers to see if they increase during the trial. Tilly says a research-based pilot project is something he supports for the town, because what we’re doing…

Roderick Benns interviewed Dr. Gary Bloch, a family physician with St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, about basic income. Bloch is also co-Chair of the Ontario College of Family Physicians’ Committee on Poverty and Health.  His clinical, educational, program development, and research interests focus on the intersection between poverty and health, and specifically on what primary…

PLAN Canada founder calls for basic income, challenges how program-based money allocated

The co-founder of a major advocacy group in Canada for people with disabilities says there needs to be a “corrective balance” in the amount of money available for programs versus the amount of money available for individuals. Within that difference lies the elements of providing a basic income to all Canadians who may need it,…

Queen’s University professor says basic income could be financed for all Canadians

Roderick Benns recently interviewed Robin Boadway, Emeritus Professor of Economics at Queen’s University. In a paper written with Katherine McCuff, a Professor from the Department of Economics at McMaster University, and Kourtney Koebel, an MA candidate in Political Science at the University of Toronto, they argue a basic income is affordable for all Canadians. Boadway…

Basic income allows for the living of a decent life: Dr. Danielle Martin

A family doctor says basic income policy represents an acknowledgment “of the right to live a decent life.” Dr. Danielle Martin, a family physician and Vice President Medical Affairs and Health System Solutions at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, says increasing social assistance amounts would not achieve that goal because of the punitive way the…