Winnipeg, Manitoba: Working towards a Basic Income for Manitoba and Canada
On 5 February 2015 the Manitoba Institute for Policy Research of the University of Manitoba hosted an event entitled “Working towards a Basic Income for Manitoba and Canada”, as part of its Policy, Pizza & a Pint Series.
The session featured Evelyn Forget (Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba), Jurgen De Wispelaere (Institute for Health and Social Policy, McGill University), and Jessica Dumas (Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce, Winnipeg). The evening’s programme was moderated by Shannon Sampert, Perspectives and Politics Editor, Winnipeg Free Press.
Videos of the session can be found at:
Part 1 – Evelyn Forget: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4HCLPjyQaQ
Part 2 – Jurgen De Wispelaere: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCtLn2B3f98
Part 3 – Jessica Dumas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8WI76tolEA
Part 4 – Moderated Questions with Shannon Sampert: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ArATeDX5vpc
The basic (guaranteed) income model of economic security for all has been gaining attention in policy circles across Canada. This model would provide a minimum income for all Manitobans and Canadians instead of the government’s current piecemeal approach to social assistance and income support programs.
The panel reviewed Manitoba’s experience with basic income through the ‘Mincome’ pilot project based in Manitoba in the late 1970s, and discussed its potential for implementation in the current climate.