Basic Income in Ontario: What low-income people, service providers and advocates need to know

Recorded on June 15, 2017 - The Ontario government recently announced the details of its Basic Income Pilot Project, and low-income people living in the test areas will start being signed up soon.

In this wide-ranging and accessible webinar, participants will learn:

  • What is a basic income program? How would one work? What is it for? 
  • Why do so many people from different political perspectives support basic income? What does this mean? 
  • What problems do people think basic income can solve? What are the opportunities and risks?
  • How will the Ontario government’s pilot project work? And who will be able to participate? 
  • What are the implications of the pilot project, particularly for people on OW and ODSP? 
  • What impact could the pilot project have on how low-income people in Ontario get income supports and other benefits in the future? 
  • What can all of us do now?

This webinar is for low-income people living in all areas of Ontario, people who work with them at various community-based groups and agencies, and interested anti-poverty advocates.There will be time for questions and an opportunity to talk about next steps for community members across Ontario.

About the presenter

Jennefer Laidley is Research and Policy Analyst at the Income Security Advocacy Centre, a specialty community legal clinic mandated to advocate for improvements to the income security of people in Ontario. She is on the Policy and Research Committee of the ODSP Action Coalition.

A PDF copy of the presentation slides is available below.

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