Evelyn Forget talks about her new book on TVO

Under the former Liberal government, Hamilton, Thunder Bay, and Lindsay were test cities for a basic-income pilot. Eligible citizens were offered a guaranteed annual income. The idea was to check on how the participants’ lives changed after three years, then decide whether to take the plan provincewide. Subsequently, the new PC government cancelled the pilot. The Agenda welcomes Evelyn Forget, who’s spent four decades researching this subject, much of which is captured in her new book, “Basic Income for Canadians : The Key to a Healthier, Happier, More Secure Life for All.”

See: https://www.tvo.org/video/the-case-for-basic-income

November is Financial Literacy Month

Debunking myths about low income and money management


​Financial literacy is not only important for financial well-being, it’s also important for the overall economy. Knowing the basics of money management is just as essential today as numeracy and literacy, says the Government of Canada.

One of the common myths of basic income is that those living in poverty continue to be in poverty because they don’t know how to properly manage their money. Critics claim basic income would be useless in helping low income poeple rise about the poverty line because they don’t know how to budget.

MYTH: People are poor because they don’t know how to manage their money

People living in poverty can be the best money managers. Living on a shoestring budget forces people to make smart decisions about how they should be spending their cash. Not having enough money to pay for basic needs like food, housing, and electricity forces people to make tough decisions about what they’re willing to sacrifice.

Hugh Segal was quoted in an article in the Globe and Mail saying, “They say that poverty is complex. I say: Well, it’s not. The actual reality is [that these families] don’t have enough money to pay for clothes, heat, an apartment, and transportation. There’s this notion they’re all sitting at home with bon-bons watching the soaps — 70 percent of Canadians beneath the poverty line have jobs. They just don’t earn enough to meet cost of living.”

A basic income would give people financial security and freedom to decide how they should spent their money.

Financial Empowerment Resources

Drop-In Services, Community Financial Counselling Services
Manage Your Money Workshops, SEED Winnipeg
Access to Benefits, SEED Winnipeg
Get Your Benefits, Winnipeg Harvest
Access to Benefits, Society for Manitobans with Disabilities
Financial Empowerment, Prosper Canada

Basic Income in the News

Economic analysis of child benefit bolsters case for national basic income – The Star
Corporate tax cuts no answer to India’s economic ill, Nobel laureate Esther Duflo – Business Today
A Californian city gave some residents $500 a month, no strings attached. Here’s how they spent it – Vox
It’s time for politicians to take food insecurity and poverty seriously – The Star

Stay in Touch

Send us feedback on this newsletter, or other contributions you want share with our community. To submit news, events, or other items of interest, please contact communications specialist, Hannah Owczar, communications@basicincomemanitoba.ca

News release: More than half of Manitoba’s political parties support Basic Income

Winnipeg, August 20, 2019 – According to the latest data, 20.8% of Manitobans live
below the poverty line. This is one of the highest rates of poverty in the country. For the first time, three of Manitoba’s major political parties have announced their support for basic income. read the full article here, and a summary by Basic Income Manitoba here.

Dr. Sid Frankel writes a letter to the editor of the Free Press

Read the full letter here.

Liberals’ pledge to end poverty includes establishing a minimum income, voluntary work program – Winnipeg Free Press

The Manitoba Liberal Party pledged on Tuesday to eliminate poverty in Manitoba by 2024, a lofty goal party leader Dougald Lamont insisted was realistic. Lamont said the Liberals would do it by instituting a minimum basic income, reforming Employment and Income Assistance, boosting the minimum wage from $11.35 to $15 per hour by 2021, and implementing a voluntary work program in the mould of then-U. Read the full article here.

Basic Income Manitoba is gathering signatures for a petition

Income Manitoba is asking Manitobans to add their names to a petition asking the newly elected and re-elected MLAs, as a priority, to study, investigate, research, and evaluate the implementation of BASIC INCOME in Manitoba. Please add your name to the petition and spread the word to all of your friends.

Paul Walsh speaks about basic income on CJOB radio station (audio file)

“The number of Canadians who are $200 or less away from financial insolvency at the months end jumped to 46% from 40% in the previous quarter.” Listen to what Paul has to say on basic income in this CJOB interview held in January 2019:

Paul Walsh pens open letter to Winnipeg Free Press

Last month, the City of Winnipeg sent out a Request for Proposals (RFP) for contractors to remove waste, including temporary shelters, from public land. This action will effectively displace and traumatize many of our citizens who are already experiencing immense poverty and marginalization.

In a letter to the editor in the Winnipeg Free Press, Paul Walsh wrote that this call for proposals is not a plan for fighting poverty, but rather deals with optics and not root causes. Don’t fight poverty by punishing the poor, he said.


*Update: Representatives from the City of Winnipeg met with community advocates in June and have CANCELLED this call for proposals, according to an article in CBC Manitoba.

Innovation Nation: Why CEOs support basic income

Floyd Marinescu: When we all earn more, we all have more to spend, enabling innovation and entrepreneurship in a virtuous cycle. Read more at the Financial Post.

TUESDAY MARCH 5: HUMANS OF BASIC INCOME – a portrait series by photographer Jessie Golem

HUMANS OF BASIC INCOME – a portrait series by
photographer Jessie Golem.

7:30 PM
First Unitarian
Universalist Church
of Winnipeg
603 Wellington
Crescent, Winnipeg
R3M 0A7

Jessie Golem believes in building a better world. She’s a classically trained pianist and piano teacher, a photographer and community activist. In 2018, Jessie was one of 1,000 Hamiltonians accepted onto the Ontario Basic Income Pilot project. When that government research project was suddenly cancelled last summer, Jessie took action. She conceived and launched Humans of Basic Income, a portrait series that amplified the stories of other basic income participants whose lives had been changed by the program. Jessie’s portraits presented powerful images of real people who felt they had no voice. Jessie’s photography enabled basic income participants to share their stories in a way that was empowering and built public understanding about a critical social policy option. Come listen to Jessie’s story, view her portraits and share your views on Basic Income and the artist as social visionary.

Come listen to Jessie’s story, view her portraits and share your views on Basic Income and the artist as social visionary.

Parking is available.
The building is accessible. Refreshments will be served.