CANADA: Symposium on Dauphin Mincome Experiment Held at University of Manitoba

By Jason Burke Murphy


On October 3rd, the Social Work Department at the University of Manitoba held a Symposium on the Mincome Experiment conducted in Dauphin, Manitoba in the 1970’s. This included presentations by the Director of the Mincome Experiment in the 1970’s, Ron Hikel.

The resources from the Mincome Symposium held at the University of Manitoba (including the two papers presented and an audio clip of Ron Hikel’s interview with UMFM) have been posted on the Faculty of Social Work website.

The symposium featured Ron Hikel, who was Director of the Manitoba Basic Annual Income (Mincome) Experiment. His paper is linked here: Piloting Basic Income in Canada: Lessons from the Past, Possibilities in the Present.

Shortly after the symposium, Hikel also conducted an interview you can find here. Wayne Simpson, Greg Mason, and Ryan Godwin, of the Department of Economics at the University of Manitoba also wrote this paper: The Manitoba Basic Annual Income Experiment: Lessons Learned 40 Years Later.

The conference was moderated by Jim Mulvale and Sid Frankel of the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Manitoba.


More information at:

David Calnitsky, “‘More Normal than Welfare’: The Mincome Experiment, Stigma, and Community Experience

Evelyn Forget on The Legacy of Mincome & other Basic Income Experiment

Jenna van Draanen interview

Claire Bott, “Evelyn Forget/Northern Institute publish new report on BIG”, Basic Income News, August 1st 2017

Kate McFarland, “Overview of Current Basic Income Related Experiments (October 2017)“, October 19th 2017


About Jason Burke Murphy

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One comment

  • I am grateful for the detail Ron Hikel provides, but I have been advocating a more pressing reason for a Basic income, also since the 1970s – a sense of security for all so that we can meet ecological threats.

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