Alberta is a prosperous province, but our poverty rate has hovered around 10 per cent for decades, costing the government over $2 billion each year. Add to this context the looming spectre of automation and growing uncertainty about our economic future and it’s easy to understand why the idea of basic income is resurfacing in public discourse.
Though lack of income is only one dimension of poverty — a reality that necessitates a comprehensive system of social services, supports and community-based programs — there is Canadian evidence that shows that income transfers are an effective poverty reduction tool.Read more
If the root of poverty is money, there’s a Calgary group pushing to alleviate that constant worry.
Guaranteed income isn’t a new concept, but thanks to a grassroots group in Calgary, the movement is picking up steam in the West.
A group calling itself Basic Income Calgary (BIC) has started a municipal and provincial campaign aimed at encouraging governments to replace what we think of as “welfare” with a more progressive model it believes would lift up Canadians in poverty.Read more