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Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) Forum

First-of-its-kind event

May 23 - 26, 2024

We have an amazing, diverse line up of confirmed, featured speakers from Canada—leaders in fields like food security, economics, race and gender justice, mental health, and the environment—and one international expert on cash transfers during the pandemic who has lessons for governments like Canada’s.

Past Events

North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress 2021 (Virtual)

Theme: Basic Income - Knowledge, Activism, Policy

June 17 - 19, 2021

The 19th Annual North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress will be held virtually June 17-19, 2021. The theme is Basic Income: Knowledge, Activism, Policy.

We are bringing together researchers, activists, artists, and policy makers to focus our collective expertise, experiences, and energies, to move the vision of a universal guaranteed basic income forward. Now more than ever, we see the need to connect what we have learned and continue to learn from empirical evidence and other research to those who are on the ground advocating and organizing movements, and those in our countries’ capitols setting policy for years to come. Join us as we take stock and plan our way forward, as we move from crisis response to building the foundational underpinnings of society for the next generation. Come share your knowledge, your know how, your insights, and your passion, as we harness a burgeoning interest and greater commitment to the need for a basic income guarantee.

Our registration tiers this year reflect a sliding scale, a tool for establishing economic justice. In this registration pricing system, everyone ultimately pays a similar percentage of their individual or organizational income to attend the Congress. This scale is about recognizing the privileges and resources that make paid events disproportionately more accessible for groups with higher operating budgets and for individuals with greater wealth.

We’re committed to making our virtual conference as accessible as possible. We recognize that the impacts of COVID-19 aggravate and deepen already existing forms of systemic oppression. Beyond COVID-19 and its impacts, we realize that individuals and communities experience continued harm and marginalization as a result of long-standing inequities in the US and Canada. We hope that this sliding scale facilitates increased access to this virtual event and serves as an invitation to both think and speak deeply about the societal factors that create such stark disparities in wealth and resources in the US & Canada. We trust you to evaluate your ability to pay accordingly. Help us keep this Congress as accessible as possible!

BIEN Congress 2021

Theme: Idea to Reality

August 18 - 21, 2021

The local organising committee for the 2021 Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) Congress in Glasgow are very excited to announce our call for papers for this virtual, online event.

We are inviting you to submit papers and pitches for talks, workshops and other activities that should be represented online at the 22nd BIEN Congress.

The theme for the Congress is ‘Idea to Reality’. We want to consider how we take basic income from a big idea for big change to a reality.

The Congress will be hosted digitally only from Wednesday 18th – Saturday 21st August 2021. Exact details are to be confirmed but this will be a programme packed with perspectives on basic income in Scotland, the wider UK and around the world.

We will present insights into the status of Basic Income in Scotland, including: the feasibility study into a Scottish BI experiment, political attitudes and work on Basic Income, civil society perspectives, creative and cultural demonstrations that represent the Scottish debate.

We welcome your contribution to the Congress. Check out the BIEN Congress site for more information.

North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress 2016 (Winnipeg)


May 12, 2016 at 12pm - May 15, 2016

Organized by Basic Income Canada Network and the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network, the 15th North American Basic Income Congress is titled Basic Income: A Meeting Place for Equality, Rights, and Justice. We hope you can be part of a milestone event in the growing movement for a Basic Income Guarantee!

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Where: University of Manitoba, Fort Garry Campus
66 Chancellors Cir
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2

North American Basic Income Guarantee (NABIG) Congress 2018


May 24, 2018 at 6:30pm - May 27, 2018

The 2018 North American Basic Income Guarantee (NABIG) Congress, held May 24-27 at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, was a BIG success! Titled “Basic Income: Bold Ideas, Practical Solutions for discussion of the idea of Basic Income,” the 17th Annual NABIG Congress was themed around (1) the converging paths leading to basic income (e.g., health, human rights, automation, sustainability, democracy, etc.); and (2) making basic income a reality, through pilots, policy, and public support. Approximately 275 people, from Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Brazil, Chile, the U.K., Germany, Portugal, Russia, and Australia attended, including approximately 120 people who presented on a wide range of topics. See the final Congress Program and access over 50 presentations

The annual NABIG Congress is organized by the Basic Income Canada Network and the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network. The 2018 Congress was organized in collaboration with McMaster University, the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction, Low Income Families Together (in Toronto), and other partners. Very special thanks are given to McMaster University for tremendous on-site logistical support, and to McMaster University, the LIUNA Enrico Henry Mancinelli Chair in Global Labour Issues, the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction, Deloitte Canada, the Hamilton Community Foundation, the Sisters of Providence (Kingston, Ontario), and to a number of individuals for their very kind financial or in-kind support.

Where: McMaster University
1280 Main St W
Hamilton, ON L8S 4L8