• Doug Ford’s New Poor Laws Replace Basic Income

    The decision of the new Tory Government in Ontario to terminate the basic income (BI) pilot project that their Liberal predecessors had set in motion, confirms that the right is as divided as the left on this issue of social policy. The Doug Ford Tories form part of an international right wing opposition to BI … Keep reading »

  • Disabled People in UK Lead Fight Against Austerity

    On July 20, I was truly honoured to represent the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) at the International Deaf and Disabled People’s Solidarity Summit, in Stratford, east London that had been convened by one of our key allies in the UK, Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC). This powerful gathering was an important moment in the … Keep reading »

  • Basic Income: Progressive Cloak and Neoliberal Dagger

    Basic Income is not an answer to inequality under neoliberalism. Social transformation will come through collective struggle, argues John Clarke. Keep reading »

  • Where’s The Funds? OCAP Confronts City Budget

    Shelters in Toronto are packed full. Over 700 people are crammed in nightly into the sub-standard back-up respite facilities. OCAP took a hidden camera into three of these facilities. The resulting video documents conditions within them. Watch video »

  • Homelessness Doesn’t End in April

    Toronto City Council Must Start Building Shelters Now Homeless people in Toronto are in crisis. In the first nine months of 2017, the city has recorded an average of 8 homeless deaths every month. Most of those who died were under the age of 50. Emergency shelters, whether they serve women, men, youth, refugees, or families, … Keep reading »

  • Basic Income In The Neoliberal Age

    From the very first days of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP), at the beginning of the 1990s, we have found ourselves on the front lines of a war on the poor that has been of central importance to the implementation of broader neoliberal austerity. In Canada, the undermining of these income support systems, both … Keep reading »

  • The Neoliberal Danger of Basic Income

    The Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) has drawn up the following statement on basic income (BI). It makes the case that, progressive hopes to the contrary notwithstanding, BI is being developed as a measure of neoliberal attack that should be opposed. We invite progressive organizations and individuals who hold positions in agencies and academic institutions, … Keep reading »

  • Intentional Neglect or Callous Oversight?

    How ‘Progressive’ Basic Income Proposals Fail Migrants In the debate around the pros and cons of basic income, the implications for immigrants are seldom discussed. This omission, whether intentional or a product of indifference, is particularly glaring in progressive pro-Basic Income (BI) literature where the term “citizen’s income” is often used synonymously. Taken together, a … Keep reading »

  • The Neoliberal Writing on the Wall: Ontario’s Basic Income Experiment

    Since 2010, the UK has endured a political regime that can be considered a cutting edge of the austerity agenda. Through the film, I, Daniel Blake, people around the world have become familiar with the institutionalized cruelty of the Country’s warped system of providing social benefits to those in need. To those who endure sub-poverty … Keep reading »

  • $15 and Fairness Shakes Up Ontario

    The Fight for $15 and Fairness scored a big victory on May 30 when the Ontario Liberals announced they would raise the minimum wage to $15 by January 1, 2019. The Liberals also announced a slew of other legislative changes they will introduce as part of the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, such as two … Keep reading »

  • Basic Income and the Left: The Political and Economic Problems

    Should the Left and labour support a demand for a Basic Income (BI)? This simple question has provoked a fervent and confusing debate. The discussion over BI touches on real political and economic anxieties. The attack on the social welfare state, the depreciating power of organized labour and an economy producing increasingly low-wage precarious jobs … Keep reading »

  • What Basic Income Means for Disabled People

    Disabled people in Ontario are much more likely to experience poverty than non-disabled people. Many have to live on sub-poverty payments under the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) or the even more wretched income provided by Ontario Works (OW). Those that are in this situation are confronted by an ongoing process of surveillance, invasion of … Keep reading »