Over the summer, the steering committee of Basic Income Manitoba is taking steps to incorporate as a non-profit organization. In the fall, we will be holding a public meeting to share opportunities for members to participate in the activities of the organization. Stay tuned for announcements of date/time and location.
Former Prime Minister Paul Martin has spoken out in favour of a basic income guarantee, saying there is “merit” in this policy tool to help lower income Canadians.
Winnipeg is among six cities the federal government plans to include in case studies to inform national poverty reduction strategy. Basic Income Manitoba aims to work with federal members of parliament to promote basic income as a valuable anti-poverty strategy.
Lorna Turnbull argues that the Pallister government must make good on its promise to make sure that Manitoba is a “have” province for all Manitobans so that everyone can fully enjoy their rights as citizens.
Reporting on the North American Basic Income Guarantee conference, Josh Brandon notes that it was held jointly at the University of Manitoba and at the Neeginan Centre, an Indigenous training and community development centre in downtown Winnipeg, successfully wedding community experience and academic research in a way that is often lacking at conferences organized exclusively by universities.
The basic income idea is to ensure everyone sufficient income to meet basic needs and live with dignity, regardless of work status. In reality, in pilots and in current programs, it can take different forms. Whether in Canada, India, Finland or the United States, basic income possibilities and options are going to reflect their political and policy context.
By providing an economic floor for everyone in Canada, basic or guaranteed income would simplify and streamline our income security system, lower rates of poverty and inequality, and would enable us to advance environmental sustainability in the context of a steady state economy.
Dr. Mulvale worked in community development in social agencies in southern Ontario for a number of years. In 1999, he joined the University of Regina as a professor, and came to the University of Manitoba in 2013 as Dean of Social Work. His topic of basic (or guaranteed) income is a social policy idea that has been debated for decades in Canada, and has recently been very much in the political spotlight.
Basic Income: An Idea Whose Time Has Come. A TED talk delivered by Dr. James Mulvale at the TEDxUManitoba event, 24 March 2016View this
Highlights of the North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress in May 2016 (produced by Winnipeg Harvest)View this
Presentations at the NABIG Congress 2016View this
Sid Frankel and James Mulvale, Support and Inclusion for All Manitobans: Steps Toward A Basic Income Scheme (2014) 37 Manitoba Law Review, pp 425-464View this
Basic Income: An Anti-Poverty Strategy for Social Work. Audio podcast by Dr. James Mulvale, University of Manitoba, with Dr. Gretchen Ely. Episode 165 of in SocialWork podcast series of the School of Social Work, University at Buffalo (New York).View this