A Basic Income Guarantee ensures everyone an income sufficient to meet basic needs and live with dignity, regardless of work status.
We invite you to join and support the movement for a Basic Income Guarantee for all.
The time for a basic income guarantee for all has come. In Canada, children and seniors already have some form of basic income guarantee. However, those in the ‘working age’ population (18 - 64 years) do not, and are increasingly falling into a deep income security gap. Risks continue to grow, while current programs tend to demean and trap people at the bottom.
A basic income guarantee for all ensures that everyone can meet their needs, participate in society and live with dignity. It reduces steep income inequalities and contributes to better health and fewer societal problems, opening the door to long-term savings in health care and other public services. It enables people to manage transitions and setbacks, supports creativity and entrepreneurship, and keeps money moving and producing in our economy. It safeguards the future as automation transforms the way people work and live together.
The advent of universal public health care changed Canadians’ lives profoundly: quality medical care provided on the basis of our health, not our bank accounts, makes Canada a more equal, affordable and healthy place to live. Forms of a basic income in Canada have also changed lives profoundly for the better, but only for some. Like health care, having income to meet basic needs is essential for everyone. A basic income guarantee for all could be Canada's next great public policy legacy.