Advocating for a livable basic
For everyone who needs it
Why a basic income?
A basic income guarantee ensures everyone has an income sufficient to meet their basic needs and live with dignity, regardless of work status.
Basic Income BC (BIBC) was recently formed to join the many groups across Canada advocating for a livable basic income guarantee for those who need it. We know there are many in BC who support this call. We invite you to join BIBC and strengthen our campaign.
A two-pronged approach is required to make a basic income a reality in Canada. We have to convince the federal government that we need a national livable basic income guarantee that will establish an income floor that eliminates the risk of falling into poverty. Then we have to encourage our provincial governments to enter into discussions with the federal government to determine how the new basic income program will be harmonized with their current provincial assistance system.
The BC government has already signalled its readiness to consider such a program. On July 22, 2020, the National Observer reported that then-Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, Shane Simpson, said: “British Columbia would welcome consultations with the federal government on the issue of basic income.” With a new majority mandate, we are advocating for the BC government to be the first province to demonstrate how it will work with the federal government to implement a livable Basic Income Guarantee program in Canada.
COVID-19 has intensified the need for basic income support. The impacts of climate change are looming, and our commitment to meet decarbonization targets will challenge how we all live and work. Income security provided by a basic income guarantee will either reinforce community resiliency by its presence – or make it very difficult for communities to adapt by its absence. Let’s take advantage of this momentum to strengthen the call for a livable Basic Income Guarantee for all Canadians.
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