In this sixth episode of Upstream Radio, the team speaks with Dr. Evelyn Forget, Armine Yalnizyan and Dr. Danielle Martin (pictured) about the costs and benefits of a Canadian basic income policy, including opportunity costs, focusing on what it could all mean for our health.
By Roderick Benns
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 welfare system operates.
“Rather than loading all kinds of rules onto people about their eligibility and policing their behaviour,” basic income allows for the living of a decent life that “decouples income support from complex eligibility rules.”Read more
By Laura Anderson and Danielle Martin
The so-called basic income guarantee is having a moment.
Hot on the heels of Quebec’s plan to explore the policy, it was announced that Ontario’s provincial budget included funds for a basic income pilot project. And on that very day, Senator Art Eggleton tabled a motion calling on the Senate of Canada to encourage the federal government to do the same.