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CANADA: Over 10,000 people have signed to support Basic Income

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The Basic Income Canada Network (BICN) has just passed their goal of signing 10,000 people who support a basic income guarantee in Canada.

This milestone marks the culmination of over a year of collecting supporters. BICN now looks toward its next milestone: reaching the 15,000-person threshold.

BICN is a non-profit organization affiliated to BIEN that advocates for basic income in Canada. It does so by publishing regular news stories as well as annual reports about basic income developments. BICN also disseminates resources for getting involved in the struggle for basic income, in addition to educational sources informing about relevant debates and issues. A central part of this organization is its ongoing petition, open to everyone, which calls for the implementation of a basic income in Canada.

BICN’s website was launched in August 2015, when this counter for supporters of basic income began. It has taken BICN almost a year and a half to reach 10,000 supporters, 8,000 of which coming in the last nine months. The 10,000 person threshold was surpassed on December 13th.

This event marks the latest in a series of positive developments for basic income in Canada. Recently, on December 7th, a unanimous decision was reached by the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island, Canada, to “pursue a partnership with the federal government for the establishment of a universal basic income pilot project.” Also, in Ontario, the regional government is moving forward with plans to test a universal basic income. These plans began in early 2016, when Ontario tasked Hugh Segal with an outline paper concerning the C$25m pilot project.  The project is set to start this spring.


More information at:

Ashifa Kassam, “Ontario pilot project puts universal basic income to the test”, The Guardian, October 28th 2016

Austin Douillard

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Austin is currently studying Critical International Politics at Aberystwyth University in Wales.

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  • Mark Lefebvre

    I am on odsp and I can’t survive properly just being on it. I can’t have my own apartment because I can’t afford one. I have a car payment, renting a room, food expenses and I’m broke. It’s a tight living fir me. Having a basic income will help my life in every way. I can’t wait to have it for myself.

  • Ant

    Government give one hand the other hand will take more. Be were you idiots

  • Diane Perkins

    a basic income would lift people out of financial depression

  • heather

    All the talk when is it going to be real so people may get out of the poverty hell that they never created.

  • Mark Norabuena

    Hi, me broke me have broken English me get kicked out of living situation if me don’t pay rent soon. Me have iPhone rental to pay next week, don’t know how to pay without job now. See me want food in mouth can you provide?

  • Kim

    Every month I struggle to pay my rent, bills and buy food. Because my rent is over the basic shelter of $479.00 I have to use my grocery money to pay my rent. I love the fact they are introducing Basic income for peole with low income, but I also feel like this is a lottery draw. If you are the city they pick you are the lucky ones and get to experience life with no pressure. While the other people who continue to struggle day in and day out. I do believe that everyone should have a chance to live a life with dignity and to be able to make their life better with a little help. But that’s just my opinion!

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