What is Basic Income Now?December 14, 2021
Basic Income Now is a grassroots campaign mobilising tens-of-thousands of people across Canada advocating for a basic income guarantee for everyone. Coordinated by Canada’s leading Basic Income organizations: BICN, BICYN, Coalition Canada, OBIN, UBI Works and allies such as LeadNow. During the 2021 Federal election, our growing social movement propelled Basic Income to the top of the political agenda and signed-up over 180 MP candidates in 157 ridings to our Candidate’s Pledge. More than 40 of these Basic Income champions were elected to parliament on September 20, 2021.
We’re now turning to the 2022 Ontario provincial election with groups like Kingston Basic Income Guarantee and other Ontario municipal groups leading the campaign.
Kingston Basic Income Guarantee is seeking holiday gift donations to support our valuable work.
- We are signing up supporters to take Basic Income Now lawn signs.
- In 2022, alongside our partners, we will be planning Ontario rallies leading up to the June 2 election.
- We will assist Basic Income Now’s forthcoming campaign to have Ontario MPP candidates sign a Pledge endorsing Basic Income.
- During the provincial election, we will work to get out the vote, especially in swing ridings, to support those MPP candidates who have taken the BI Now Pledge.
The Basic Income Now campaign grew out of decades of Basic Income advocacy work. During the 2021 federal election, our partners and allies organised rallies from sea-to-sea-to-sea across the country. From Halifax-to-Montreal-to Toronto-to-Yellowknife-to-Victoria, we distributed lawn signs, t-shirts and stickers. Our Kingston group produced a widely-viewed P.S.A. video.
On December 16, 2021 Leah Gazan, MP for Winnipeg Centre, introduced private member’s Bill C-223 that would establish a national framework to set up a Guaranteed Livable Basic Income. That day, Senator Kim Pate introduced the same bill in the Senate as S-233. Our campaigns will be supporting these amazing activist legislators.
Let’s do this!