In the conversation that has unfolded since the B.C. government began talking about basic income, many important viewpoints have been shared about potential benefits and drawbacks. These have been excellently articulated by the B.C. Poverty Reduction Coalition, and include positives such as reduced stigma for recipients of government supports, and concerns such as the risk of dismantling existing public services.

But in addition to the overall benefits and drawbacks, it’s important to acknowledge the particular policy context here in B.C. The provincial government is currently doing work in two other areas that are connected to basic income: poverty reduction and fair wages.