LUNCH & LEARN: A Basic Income for Alberta

Date & Time
Virtual (Edmonton)
Organized by
Edmonton Social Planning Council

This Lunch & Learn is on a basic income guarantee, where governments provide a no-strings attached cash transfer to their residents designed to meet their basic needs. The idea is hardly new, but it has gained renewed attention and interest, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic threatened the lives and livelihoods of millions of Canadians. Different versions of a basic income have been implemented on a trial basis around the world in the past, present, and even future. With that in mind, can a basic income program be implemented here in Alberta? In this discussion, our speakers will make the case for why a basic income -- if designed properly -- could help our most vulnerable populations not only survive, but thrive.

Erick Ambtman, Executive Director, EndPovertyEdmonton
Lee Stevens, Policy & Research Specialist, Vibrant Communities Calgary