Basic Income Canada Network included in short list of 6 Canadian groups working toward positive change

Basic Income Canada Network (BICN) has been included in a recently published video wiki "Groups Working Toward Positive Change In Canada.

Millions of monthly visitors will have a chance to learn about BICN and its mission.

The group points out BICN is a non-partisan organization advocating for a Basic Income Guarantee for the country's population.

“Arguing that the rise of automation will drive mass unemployment, this group calls for a universal wage to serve as a safety net, supporting independence and career flexibility.

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BICN launches COVID-19 stories report, showing urgent need for basic income

The Basic Income Canada Network (BICN) today released a COVID-19 Stories Report, highlighting individual and family experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government response benefits, and the impact on their health and economic wellbeing. These experiences make a strong case for transitioning emergency measures into a basic income going forward.

The 141 stories reflect the diversity of people across the country living in a wide range of situations. They also reflect generosity and concern for others—the best of Canada. People able to receive the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) express gratitude to the federal government for its rapid response, and for the $2000 per month amount of the benefit to enable basic needs to be met.

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How to build a better Canada after COVID-19: Transform CERB into a basic annual income program

The Conversation

COVID-19 has prompted the federal government to support individuals through the Canada Economic Emergency Benefit (CERB).

Simultaneously, advocacy for a basic annual income has exploded, with some suggesting the CERB could evolve into a basic income.

Basic income has become the Swiss Army knife of social policy.

Beyond offering sufficient income to manage the daily expenses of living, advocates believe it will improve health and psychological outcomes, enhance distributive justice, mitigate the employment effects of automation, spur gender equality, create true freedom, improve the esthetics of existence and transform the relationship between people and work.

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Canada’s forgotten universal basic income experiment

BBC News

Evelyn Forget was a psychology student in Toronto in 1974 when she first heard about a ground-breaking social experiment that had just begun in the rural Canadian community of Dauphin, Manitoba.

“I found myself in an economics class which I wasn’t looking forward to,” she remembers. “But in the second week, the professor came in, and spoke about this wonderful study which was going to revolutionise the way we delivered social programmes in Canada. To me, it was a fascinating concept, because until then I’d never really realised you could use economics in any kind of positive way.”

The experiment was called ‘Mincome’, and it had been designed by a group of economists who wanted to do something to address rural poverty. Once it was implemented in the area, it had real results: over the four years that the program ended up running in the 1970s, an average family in Dauphin was guaranteed an annual income of 16,000 Canadian dollars ($11,700, £9,400).

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Canadian basic income experiment life-changing for those unemployed during pandemic

The World

Beverly Harlow is clearly in her element as she wanders among the poultry taking over her backyard near Lindsay, Ontario, northeast of Toronto.

A flock of ducklings and 16 chickens peck at her feet. She expects that all these birds will produce a rainbow assortment of eggs — enough to feed the family and send the surplus to a local food bank.

“They’ll be blue, green; I have one breed that does pink, brown and olive color eggs as well,” she said. “So, I’m really excited about that.”

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Finland’s basic income never failed, our ‘jobs’ did

Basic Income Earth Network

This past week, Finland released the final results from its two-year “basic income” experiment. The program produced a modest increase in working days among basic income recipients and noticeable improvements in perceived happiness and healthiness.

Is this a surprise? When governments give people cash assistance, of course, their lives will improve. And with financial stress alleviated, these recipients will still find productive uses for their time. 

Simply imagine the unearned suffering billions of people could have been spared if governments had implemented basic income prior to the pandemic and global economic depression. 

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Majority of Canadians support a universal basic income: study

The Daily Hive

Most Canadians support the concept of bringing in a universal basic income (UBI), but the majority also don’t want to pay for it.

A new study from the Angus Reid Institute found that, of the 1,510 Canadians who responded to the online survey between June 8 and 10, the majority support bringing in some form of UBI. Something similar has already been seen during the COVID-19 pandemic, as over seven million Canadians have been supported through the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit.

The New Democratic Party’s Jagmeet Singh called for the CERB to be turned into a universal benefit in April, though the proposal was rejected by the Liberal Party, according to the Angus Reid report.
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