With Dr. Evelyn L. Forget University of Manitoba
Technological change and recurrent crises are creating a new reality in which automation is replacing human labour, employment is increasingly insecure, and much socially valuable work goes unrewarded.
In 1971, the idea of a basic or guaranteed annual income for all Canadians was the key recommendation in a Senate report on poverty (the “Croll report”). In the 1970s, both Canada and the United States ran extensive pilot programs. In 2009, a Senate Committee, noting growing inequality and persistent poverty in Canada, said it was time to put a guaranteed income back on the public agenda.
In late 2016, the Ontario government announced its intention to carry out a basic income pilot project in communities across the province. In the context of COVID-19, the idea of a universal basic income, seen by many as a pressing issue, is being revisited across the globe.
Her most recent book is Basic Income for Canadians: the key to a healthier, happier, more secure life for all. She is often called upon by governments, First Nations and international organisations to advise on poverty, inequality, health and social outcomes.