What We Do

Basic Income Canada Network does four interrelated things:

  • Network: We connect individuals, institutions and groups, from local to international, to build a more effective network of people whose commitment, expertise and action can make a difference.
  • Raise awareness: Through our website, social and mainstream media, presentations and conversations of all kinds, we provide information to raise awareness about basic income and why it’s needed. We strive to build support to make a basic income guarantee (BIG) a reality in Canada.
  • Policy design: Some network members focus on detailed issues that affect the design of a BIG, work that can often be complex and technical. Through research, analysis and debate, they add to the development of workable policy options for consideration by Canadians.
  • Learn and share: We convene and participate in local, national and international conferences, workshops and other events where theory, research, advocacy and politics come together. Such events promote new knowledge and enable mutual learning, sharing, strategizing and expanded networking across a wide variety of people and perspectives. A prominent, annual event is the North American Basic Income Guarantee Conference, organized jointly between BICN and the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network.


Basic Income Canada Network is funded from membership fees, donations, event registration fees, sponsorships and in-kind support. In order to maintain maximum freedom for public policy advocacy, we do not have charitable status and therefore do not provide tax receipts: click here to read our Open Letter to Canadians on advocacy and charitable status.