BC women demand Guaranteed Livable Income
Press release: Province-wide Action
VANCOUVER, BC - SATURDAY, MAY 1, 2021
This morning, banners reading “#WomenDemand Guaranteed Livable Income” were dropped by women in different locations in British Columbia including Vancouver, Kelowna, Victoria, Quesnel and Nanaimo. The action was coordinated by the BC Women’s Alliance, a feminist coalition of groups and individuals around BC who are committed to economic justice.
Last month, the Liberal Party endorsed a resolution calling on the federal government to develop and implement a universal basic income. According to Jacqueline Gullion, an organizer with BC Women’s Alliance, “As the federal and provincial governments plan for economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, we insist on women’s entitlement to better than a “return to normal” since for many, the “old normal” was based on economic and other inequalities of women, Indigenous people, and people of color.
Women require monumental, urgent change, including here in BC. We have a chance to build a just future for women and for all, starting with a Guaranteed Livable Income.”
While the terms Guaranteed Livable Income (GLI), Universal Basic Income (UBI), and Guaranteed Annual Income are often used interchangeably, the BC Women’s Alliance is calling for a specific scheme of GLI that is given to all residents of Canada regardless of citizenship or status, without a means test, without a job search requirement, given to individuals instead of families (this especially protects women from being trapped in abusive relationships) and is a livable amount, meaning that it will allow everyone an adequate and dignified standard of living.
Media Contact: Jacqueline Gullion