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e-2520 (Social affairs and equality)

Initiated by Christel Marchand from Montréal, Quebec

Original language of petition: French

Petition to the House of Commons

  • Artists are the driving force behind the cultural industry and the goods it produces, one of the largest industries in the country, with direct and indirect impacts on many industries, whose profits depend on this cultural content, which is essential to the well-being of all communities;
  • Artists and the cultural industry, already subject to precarious conditions, will greatly suffer from the impacts of COVID-19;
  • The production of cultural goods must continue or even expand during and after the crisis;
  • A number of universal basic income (UBI) projects, including those of Canadian organizations and the Finnish government, have shown increases in resilience, socio-economic development factors, job quality and business creation, as well as decreases in poverty indicators;
  • Current social support measures are outdated and costly, and a UBI would replace them at no cost, helping reduce social unrest and effectively stimulate the economy; and
  • While productivity is increasing, the labour market is constantly changing and remains unstable, and the ever-worsening concentration of wealth is undermining the development and survival of the cultural industry.
We, the undersigned, artists and citizens of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to implement a UBI that would be at least equivalent to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit of $2,000 per month for all Canadian artists, using existing institutions (for example, the Canada Council for the Arts (which can identify artists) and Employment Insurance), and to eventually extend the UBI to all Canadians.
Open for signature
April 9, 2020, at 9:34 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
June 8, 2020, at 9:34 a.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Alexandre Boulerice (Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie)
June 17, 2020 (Petition No. 431-00275)
Photo - Alexandre Boulerice
Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie
New Democratic Party Caucus
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