Poverty costs Albertans between $7.1 and $9.5 billion per year.
The economy improves when more people have spending power.
60% of Albertans support a basic income.
A basic income could offer a way out of domestic violence.
A basic income gives people freedom to choose how they want to improve their lives.
We need basic income.
A basic income is a monthly, upfront cash payment delivered unconditionally to all individuals to cover the essential costs of living. It is then taxable based on total income.
Our economy is fragile. With Covid-19, global oil price instability, and other factors beyond our control, Albertans are experiencing a flood of economic issues. Our options are limited by our economic reality, and they continue to shrink.
A basic income is like a financial life jacket — it would provide just enough to keep our heads above water. And the positive effects would ripple out into the entire economy.
Before COVID, I owned a business, a small cafe in the heart of a small city. I’m a single mom, so to keep the place running, I desperately needed staff, but I couldn’t hire anyone all that often, as I simply could not afford it… A universal basic income may have saved my business, and allowed me to hire staff…Read More
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