We have a type of basic income for seniors that has greatly improved quality of life compared to previous generations. We also have a type for children under 18. However, for adults raising the next generations and driving current and future prosperity, there is very little. A job, a good work history and even a good education do not necessarily offer security in today’s economy. The last and sometimes only resort, “welfare”, is the opposite of basic income. With few exceptions, it provides too little, too late, with too many conditions. It produces stigma and suffering and it penalizes work. Welfare entangles workers, clients and other Canadians alike in an unhealthy, expensive and complicated trap. A basic income guarantee (BIG) would encompass all Canadians under the same system.
Doesn’t Canada already help everyone in some way?