Calls for a guaranteed basic income have strengthened during the pandemic. Proponents argue that a basic income is a simple and effective way to reduce poverty. A new book published by the Institute for Research on Public Policy takes up the task of analyzing the disparate claims made about a basic income. Is it the best policy tool to reduce poverty? Can it help create a more just society?
In the process, the authors take a hard look at Canada’s social safety net, its strengths and weaknesses, and propose a new path forward, which begins by asking “How do we create a more just society together?”
Authors David Green, professor of economics at the University of British Columbia, and Gillian Petit, research associate at University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy, will discuss the book’s findings and the future of Canadian social policy along with Garima Talwar Kapoor, director of policy and research at Maytree.
The panel, moderated by IRPP vice president of research Rachel Samson will be held in Toronto. Participation is free, though space is limited and registration is required. A reception will follow the panel discussion.
Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the launch event. To purchase copies online, visit the IRPP Store.