In July 2018, the Province announced the creation of an expert committee to study the potential for using a basic income approach in its efforts to reduce poverty and prepare for the emerging economy. Organizations and individuals with an interest in basic income were invited to share their input by March 15, 2019.
While the First Call Coalition does not have an official position on a basic income, we believe all families should have enough income, in combination with universal social programs, to provide for the basic needs of their children. Click here to learn more and read our submission.
The Living Wage for Families Campaign also created a submission to the committee, including that the program must meet all conditions as outlined by the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition, use an intersectional gender-based analysis, interact with wages and existing government programs, and be informed by concurrent work across ministries and committees. Halena Seiferling, Campaign Organizer, published an op-ed in the Times Colonist last weekend.