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Basic Income for Canadians

The key to a healthier, happier, more secure life for all

By Evelyn L. Forget

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Canadian social programs were designed for a world in which most people graduated from high school, then found a permanent job with benefits that, barring unforeseen accidents, they would hold until they retired with a pension — all under the benevolent eye of their workplace union. In the last forty years, however, the labour market has fundamentally changed. Good, full-time jobs have been replaced by part-time or temporary work that pays lower wages, offers fewer benefits and rarely comes with union support. Economic insecurity is now a feature of the lives of large numbers of people. Those forced to rely on provincial income assistance or disability support find themselves trapped in a system that perpetuates dependence.

This new situation has given new life to an old idea — basic income. This book explores basic income from a Canadian perspective. It reports on research from the original test in Manitoba in the 1970s to the Ontario initiative launched by the Wynne government, then killed by the Ford Tories.

The evidence shows that basic income improves family and community health and well being, improves financial resilience, and improves access to education and training — all at an affordable cost.


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Chapter 1 A Basic Income Guarantee for Canada

Chapter 2 Rediscovering Mincome

Chapter 3 Basic Income is Good for Your Health

Chapter 4 The Future of Work

Chapter 5 Work and Human Dignity

Chapter 6 Women and Basic Income

Chapter 7 How Basic Income Affects Different People

Chapter 8 Nine Myths About Basic Income

Chapter 9 Can We Afford a Basic Income?

Chapter 10 Getting From Here to There

Chapter 11 A Basic Income for All of Us



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Short-listed - Donner Prize - 2019

"The most concise, easily understood, economically balanced, fact based case ever made in Canada by anyone for a Basic Income Welfare reform that would massively reduce poverty in Canada. Evelyn Forget has written the new Bible for how best to reduce poverty for millions."

- Hugh Segal, Principal of Massey College and former Senator

"Because income and health are so deeply intertwined, basic income is not just an economic intervention, it is also a health intervention. In this highly readable book, Evelyn Forget paints a picture for us of what could be achieved with a basic income for Canadians. Her analysis is both compelling and practical, and it confirms, among many other things, that a basic income is good for our health. A prescription for the nation!"

- Danielle Martin, author of Better Now: 6 Big Ideas to Improve Health Care for All Canadians

"This book will help readers to inform themselves so that we can uncover the will to ensure health, happiness and security for all of us."

- Winnipeg Free Press

"Basic Income for Canadians: The Key to a Healthier, Happier, More Secure Life for All should not be private, though it should be required reading for every federal and provincial bureaucrat, every municipal politician, and every business owner. It should be on the must-read list for every Canadian who has even the slightest interest in where our nation is headed, and where it could be."

- Roderick Benns Basic Income Canada Network

"This is an even-handed and thorough survey of what basic income can, and also importantly cannot, do ... It would be a refreshing change from the current state of affairs if politicians on all sides took Forget up on her offer."

- Jason Kirby Literary Review of Canada

"A compelling case for how and why to implement a basic income in Canada"

- Greg Flanagan Alberta Views Magazine

EVELYN L. FORGET is an economist in the School of Medicine at the University of Manitoba. Several years ago she began researching the data associated with a basic income field experiment conducted in Manitoba in the 1970s. She has been consulted by governments and researchers in Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, Finland, the Netherlands and Scotland on this topic. Her research has been featured on CBC Ideas, PBS Marketplace, Freakonomics and in the documentary The Free Lunch Society. She lives in Winnipeg.

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Binding: Paperback, 216 pages
Publication Date: 2nd October 2018
ISBN: 9781459413504
Format: 9in x 6in
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Binding: Electronic book text, 216 pages
Publication Date: 2nd October 2018
ISBN: 9781459413511
Format: EPUB
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Publication Date: 2nd October 2018
ISBN: 9781459413528
Format: PDF
Epublication based on (print product): 9781459413504
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BISAC Code:  BUS022000, POL019000, POL023000, POL024000, POL027000, SOC050000
Imprint: Lorimer


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