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Webinar: Basic income


Lack of income is the single greatest barrier to eating well and good health. Here, we take a look at a basic income guarantee and its possible impact. Could the implementation of a basic income guarantee reduce food insecurity? We will find out.

The causes of food insecurity are undoubtedly complex and interconnected; yet one cross-cutting factor cannot be denied — poverty. 12.6% Canadians live below the Low Income Measure (as of 2011) and the costs of poverty in this country totals approximately $86 billion annually (OAFB, 2009). Clearly, this is a critical national issue that requires a national solution. Guaranteeing a basic income for all could both greatly reduce the number of Canadians experiencing food insecurity and, importantly, offer a more dignified social safety net that ensures no one falls below a certain income level. How does it do this and why is it an important step for Canada to take?

We are joined by two people who are leading the charge for basic income. Hugh Segal has been advocating for basic income through his many political posts (including as Conservative senator between 2005 and 2014), as an author, and as an academic. Dr. Andrew Pinto hails from the Centre for Inner City Health at St. Michael’s Hospital and is researching the effects of boosting incomes of low-income and otherwise marginalized patients. CFCC’s Kathryn Scharf, moderated the conversation.


  1. Our current approach to poverty isn’t working and how the medical community is responding

  2. Unpacking basic income — the mechanics and the critiques 

  3. Next steps and Q+A

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