On March 15, 2019, First Call submitted a response to the BC Government’s call for feedback on the potential for a basic income approach to reducing poverty.
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.
Importantly, our research shows that government transfers already play a vital role in reducing poverty. We caution though that a basic income scheme should not replace other important social programs like affordable child care, housing, pharmacare and education.
First Call also supports the principles stated in submissions from both the Poverty Reduction Coalition and The Public Health Association of BC. You can read our submission here.