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Basic Income Guarantee Forum 2024

University of Ottawa (and virtually), May 23–26, 2024    

This Forum will bring together advocates, researchers, policy analysts, community leaders, and political representatives.  The Forum is about basic income as a transformative shift towards economic, political, social, and environmental justice.  It will be of interest to anyone working on goals such as income security, decent work, food security, affordable housing, health and wellbeing, and ecological sustainability. 

Forum organizers are designing parts of the program. The proposals that come in from this Call for Participation are your opportunity to enrich the program and contribute to the Forum’s success. We are inviting proposals for presentations, panels, papers, and alternative forms of participation.

The deadline for submissions has passed, and decisions will be conveyed by mid-February.

Developing Your Proposal

Proposals should be in line with overall Forum goals:

Knowledge – sharing the wealth of evidence and analysis on basic income
Connection – linking ideas and people
Action – building skills and strategies to make a difference

We are interested in proposals that: 

  • explore basic income as a pragmatic approach for improving social, environmental, and economic well-being;
  • highlight basic income as a sustainable income security policy model that works in complementarity with existing social programs and services;
  • draw on Indigenous knowledge, non-Western cultural knowledge, lived experience of those who are marginalized, art and arts-based expression, social movement experience and wisdom, and knowledge gained through policy implementation and academic research;
  • facilitate connections and partnerships among individuals, groups, and organizations to inspire and grow interdisciplinary research, advocacy, and activism for basic income, and;
  • advance basic income outreach activities that will extend beyond the Forum.

Format Options

Pitch us your ideas! Ways to participate and contribute to the Forum include:

  • Individual presentations, including (but not limited to) formal papers contributing to academic research (15 – 20 minutes)
  • Group sessions such as panel discussions and workshops (up to 90 minutes)  
  • Artistic expression of themes related to basic income such as musical or spoken word performances and audio-visual productions, etc. (15 – 45 minutes)
  • Visual art displays and poster presentations (these could be exhibited throughout the Forum).

Proposals are welcomed from a variety of individuals and organizations, including: 

    • advocates and activists – including those with lived experience of poverty/insecurity
    • researchers and policy specialists 
    • diverse constituencies that experience economic and social marginalization (including Indigenous peoples, racialized persons, women, persons with disabilities, and 2SLGBTQIA+ persons)
    • community and political leaders.
  • We are especially interested in presentations from people who are part of larger networks, and who have the capacity and commitment to further share their own learning and experience of basic income with others.

Please submit your proposal by clicking the button below.

NB: We expect to receive a large number of high-quality proposals and may not be able to accept all proposals submitted. 

Important Logistical Information

  • The Forum will be primarily a live, face-to-face event with some virtual sessions. If you or someone in a group session you are organizing can only participate virtually, we will try to the best of our ability to facilitate that. 
  • For travel and planning purposes, note the conference begins the evening of Thursday, May 23 and closes around noon on the 26th.
  • Do not wait long to book accommodation! It is in high demand in downtown Ottawa in May. In addition to hotel options, there are suites available on campus for a relatively modest price. See the Registration page for options.
  • The Forum site on campus is physically accessible.
  • All presenters of accepted proposals will be required to register and cover their costs to attend the Forum. Some financial subsidies may be possible for those with low income but cannot be guaranteed.

For questions, please contact us at and put C4P in the subject line.