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Basic Income--Giving Canadians a Solid Floor to Stand On, Community Food Centres Canada

September 30, 2015

12:00-1:00 p.m. EDT

The causes of food insecurity are undoubtedly complex and interconnected; yet one cross-cutting factor cannot be denied — poverty. 12.6% Canadians live below the Low Income Measure (as of 2011) and the costs of poverty in this country totals approximately $86 billion annually (OAFB, 2009). Clearly, this is a critical national issue that requires a national solution. Guaranteeing a basic income for all would both greatly reduce the number of Canadians experiencing food insecurity and, importantly, offer a more dignified social safety net that ensures no one falls below a certain income level. As Canadians prepare for a federal election this fall, we are calling on all political parties to commit to taking real action against poverty and to seriously explore basic income as part of the solution.

In this one hour webinar, we’ll be joined be two esteemed panelists who are leading the charge for basic income. Hugh Segal has been advocating for basic income through his many political posts (including as Conservative senator between 2005 and 2014), as an author, and as an academic. Dr. Andrew Pinto hails from the Centre for Inner City Health at St. Michael’s Hospital and is researching the effects of boosting incomes of low-income and otherwise marginalized patients. CFCC’s Chief Operating Officer, Kathryn Scharf, will moderate the conversation, and Food Secure Canada’s Director, Diana Bronson, will speak about how people across Canada can join Eat Think Vote — a national campaign for food security.

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