Advocating for a livable basic
For everyone who needs it
The Final Report of the Green Resilience Project is now available
The Green Resilience Project was a series of conversations that engaged over 900 people across Canada in 33 communities. The project engaged local partners to organise and facilitate each conversation.
Participants discussed the connections between climate change, income insecurity and community resilience and how these affect their individual and collective wellbeing.
The Final Report, Executive Summary, Community Summary Reports (Volume B) prepared by community partners, and Community Snapshots (Volume C), which provide an overview of each community conversation, are available on the Green Resilience Project website.
This project was funded by Environment Canada and was managed and delivered by Energy Mix Productions, Basic Income Canada Network, Coalition Canada Basic Income – Revenu de base, Basic Income Canada Youth Network, national experts and local partners.
Coalition Canada’s submission to Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan’s) consultation on a People-Centred Just Transition is available here. Our submission responded to the questions posed in NRCan’s discussion paper through the lens of the Green Resilience Project.
How would a basic income transform your life?
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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