Watch this webinar about what a basic income would mean for students. Basic Income is proposed as a solution to the financially precarious position that a growing number of students find themselves in. Viewed over 500 times, this video is hosted by BICYN, BI Nova Scotia, BICN, the Canadian Federation of Students and the Meal Exchange.
By Johannah Brockie, Erick Carreras, Christina Muia and Farrah K. Seucharan
Hamilton Spectator (August 12, 2020)
Ask youth what they would do with an extra $2,000 a month and the answers might surprise you.
Young people disproportionately struggle with mental health issues and undertake increasing student debts, all while facing a daunting post-pandemic-era job market at a time when many jobs are precarious, underpaid, or part of the gig economy.
Johannah Brockie, Erick Carreras, Christina Muia, Farrah K. Seucharan, Safa Shahkhalili and Argerie Tzouras are members of the Basic Income Organizing Committee, part of OCIC’s Youth Policy-Makers Hub.
By Chloe Halpenny
Ottawa Citizen (July 3, 2020).
The logic behind supporting a basic income is straightforward. It could provide a much-needed foothold in housing and rental markets that feel increasingly inaccessible.
With collective Canadian student debt a whopping $28 billion as of 2018, it would make it easier to enter and remain in post-secondary education. And given that young people are disproportionately concentrated in precarious work, a basic income responds to the reality that having a job doesn’t necessarily mean being able to put food on the table.
Chloe Halpenny is the vice-chair of the Basic Income Canada Youth Network.