The Case for Basic Income Series

This series examines basic income through the lens of different sectors in our society: work, small business, municipalities, health, food security, justice, women, the arts, LGBTQ+, and others.

The following cases have been completed:

Coming soon: The case for basic income for municipalities, the criminal justice system, fisheries and agriculture.

The series is continuing to develop with the ongoing support of Ontario Basic Income Network (OBIN), Basic Income Canada Youth Network (BICYN) and Coalition Canada: basic income-revenu de base.

About the cases

While each case identifies distinct issues and concerns specific to each sector, there is a common thread that runs through them all – income insecurity – and how a basic income guarantee would enable many people to improve their security and well-being. For example:

  • People experience food insecurity because they lack sufficient income. 
  • People’s mental and physical health is often compromised by income insecurity.
  • People find themselves trapped in abusive relationships because they lack sufficient income to leave. 
  • People whose work is precarious, unpaid or underpaid lack recognition for their work and their contributions to society. 

Each case presents their findings in a variety of ways: 

  • A report or summary.
  • Letters to the Prime Minister, other MPs and Senators
  • Op-eds, articles, and webinars.
  • Presentations to Federal Standing Committees

How each case is developed

For each ‘case’, a core team of topic experts, community representatives, and basic income advocates is brought together to develop the 2 or 3 page briefing note. This note is evidence based. Once developed, the briefing note is shared with many other sector-based institutions and individuals for support. These ‘cases’ are living documents: they continue to evolve in order to reflect the best information that can be found and to make sure they reflect as many perspectives as possible.

Updates

February 2021: The Case for Basic Income for Health has now been published. The World Health Organization states that income is the major social determinant of health. Yet one in seven Canadians (4.9 million) currently lives in poverty, with even more living in economic precarity. This briefing note was prepared by Gary Bloch, Christine Bushey, Evelyn Forget, Arman Hamidian, Corey Neudorf, Amanda Pereira, Lisa Simon, Frank Welsh, and Adam Zvric. Show your support by signing the open letter here.

December 2, 2020: Read the briefing note for the Case for Basic Income and Food Security: Addressing Food Insecurity through a Basic Income Guarantee prepared by Elaine Power, Joëlle Favreau, Mary Anne Martin, Val Tarasuk and Erin Reyce.

November 5, 2020: Basic Income: Making the Case for Women and Gender Equity, was submitted to the Standing Committee on the status of Women. The brief was presented by Tracy Smith-Carrier and Chloe Halpenny on behalf of Coalition Canada: basic income – revenu de base, Ontario Basic Income Network, Basic Income Canada Network, and Basic Income Canada Youth Network.

September 15, 2020: The Case for Basic Income for Women was launched and over 4,000 people have signed our open letter for a basic income guarantee. You can sign the open letter here.

July 16, 2020: The Case for Basic Income and the Arts was launched, and over 3,000 artists have signed the public letter for a basic income guarantee. 30+ arts organizations and unions representing 75,000+ members are advocating for a basic income to make this country a better place for everyone.