Report on the Proceedings of the Symposium on Basic Income, Social Security and Poverty Reduction

On March 16, 2018, First Call collaborated with the UBC School of Social Work, CCPA, City of Vancouver, SFU, BC Poverty Reduction Coalition, Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship, Vancity, CCPA-BC, UN Association of Canada-Vancouver Branch, Centre for Inclusion and Leadership to organize the Basic Income, Social Security and Poverty Reduction Symposium.

The Symposium was part of provincial government consultations that sought feedback on the upcoming poverty reduction strategy. UBC invited a range of experts, stakeholders and people with lived experience of poverty to share their insights, experience and suggestions for a provincial poverty reduction strategy. The Symposium sought specific feedback on whether or not a basic income proposal could become part of a broader poverty reduction strategy and each constituent group expressed concerns about its viability.

The report highlights key findings from presentations and group discussions that took place at the Symposium.

This report was prepared for the UBC School of Social Work by Joshua Apland, Meenakshi Mannoe, and Holly Mikesh.