Imagine a Canada where everyone has enough money to meet their basic needs all the time, no matter what.

Sound like some socialist utopia? It’s not.

It’s called a basic income guarantee, or BIG, and some of its biggest supporters come from the right of the political spectrum. Why? Because it makes good economic sense.

It’s a simple idea that has been discussed for a number of years and even piloted in Dauphin, Man. from 1974-79.

The Manitoba experiment revealed people fare much better when they have a secure income. From a decrease in hospitalization rates, less domestic violence, higher secondary school completion rates to a decline in teenage pregnancy, a basic income offers people stability that translates into improved social and health outcomes.