Universal Basic Income
On July 16, 2020 a public letter was addressed to the Canadian Government illustrating how Universal Basic Income (UBI) would positively affect artists, culture workers and every Canadian citizen in their day-to-day lives. This letter was written by artists Craig Berggold, Zainub Verjee and Clayton Windatt and was signed and supported by an additional three hundred Canadian arts workers and organizations.
It is important to note that many artists in our community are considered as employees of the “gig-economy”, meaning contract work of various lengths, commission and no health benefits, a pension and more. During the country-wide lockdown that was enforced because of the COVID-19 pandemic, artists have continued to work together to keep their online presence strong.
For more information on Universal Basic Income and the positive change and impact it can have for artists and culture workers please visit the Canadian Artists Representation (CARFAC) website: https://www.carfac.ca/news/2020/07/16/75000-canadian-artists-unite-its-time-for-a-basic-income/.
On the CARFAC webpage, you will also find additional articles, news coverage, webinars and resources about Universal Basic Income and the arts.
You can also download a PDF copy of, “A Public Letter from the Arts Community for a Basic Income Guarantee” in both English and/or French.