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Basic Income for Canadians

From the COVID-19 Emergency to Financial Security for All

By Evelyn L. Forget

This book will be available 13th October 2020. We welcome you to place a pre-order.
$24.95 Paperback

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Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the idea of providing a basic income to everyone in Canada who needs it was already gaining broad support. Then, in response to a crisis that threatened to put millions out of work, the federal government implemented new measures which constituted Canada?s largest ever experiment with a basic income for almost everyone.

In this new and revised edition, Evelyn L. Forget offers a clear-eyed look at how these emergency measures could be transformed into a program that ensures an adequate basic income for every Canadian.

Forget details what we can learn from earlier basic income experiments in Canada and internationally. She weighs the options, investigates whether Canadians can afford a permanent basic income program and describes how it could best be implemented across the country.

This accessible book offers everything a reader needs to decide if a basic income program is the right follow-up to the short-term government response to COVID-19.

When millions of people found themselves out of work or with reduced hours due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the inadequacies of Employment Insurance and provincial income assistance programs were laid bare. The federal government quickly introduced the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) in response. CERB's design was similar but not the same as the increasingly popular idea of a basic income, which would pay those who need it enough money to live, and not only during national emergencies. CERB's strengths and weaknesses offer important lessons in how to implement a basic income in Canada. In Basic Income for Canadians: From the COVID-19 Emergency to Financial Security for All, Evelyn L. Forget analyzes the CERB along with other basic income developments in Canada and around the world. She weighs the options, investigates whether Canadians can afford a permanent basic income program and describes how it could best be implemented. This book has everything you need to know to decide whether a basic income program is the right tool to assure financial security for all.


Short-listed - Donner Prize for Books on Canadian Public Policy -

"This is important reading for anyone who thinks public income support in Canada can work better, and even more important reading for those who think it cannot."

- Mike Veall, Professor of Economics, McMaster University, and Academic Director, Statistics Canada Research Data Centre at McMaster

"When faced with the greatest health crisis of our lifetimes, our social safety net wasn't fit for purpose. Evelyn Forget's Basic Income for Canadians sets out a clear path for a strong social safety net that leaves no one behind. She makes a powerful, practical, and persuasive case for why a basic income should be our shared priority."

- Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, Member of Parliament

"Anyone who wants to contribute to a better, new normal than the fragile, insecure and troubling one that COVID-19 has magnified will find inspiration and confidence in this intelligent, human, urgent case for a basic income in Canada."

- Sheila Regehr, Chair of the Basic Income Canada Network

"The new Bible for how to best reduce poverty for millions."

- Hugh Segal, former Senator

"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

"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 the leading authority on basic income in Canada. She is an economist in the School of Medicine at the University of Manitoba. Her first edition of Basic Income for Canadians (2018) was nominated for the Donner Prize for excellence in public policy writing. She has been consulted by governments in Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, Finland, the Netherlands and Scotland on this topic. Her research has been featured on CBC Ideas, PBS Marketplace, and in the documentary The Free Lunch Society. She lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 256 pages
Publication Date: 13th October 2020
ISBN: 9781459415683
Format: 9in x 6in

BISAC Code:  BUS022000, POL019000, POL023000, POL024000, POL027000, SOC050000
Imprint: Lorimer


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