Attend the Forum

We are happy to announce that Registration for the BIG Forum is now open! We are excited to get you signed up. 

There are different categories, though, so it’s important that we explain these before you get started. And do check out our new program details on the Program page. More details on the full agenda will be posted shortly. Please note that the Thursday evening event will have simultaneous English and French closed captioning provided. The remainder of the Forum will mostly be in English.  

Registration and Fees

In-person registration is opening first—there are early bird rates for individuals and space is limited so don’t wait long to take advantage of these. 

We recognize that not everyone can come in person to the BIG Forum 2024. But if you can, nothing beats human connection, especially for making new friends and allies. The program is amazing but some of the best conversations and ideas surface during meals together or at pub night! We had to cancel a basic income event in 2020 due to the pandemic. Much has happened since, marked both by achievements and the growing challenges people in Canada are facing. They both give us reason to strengthen our resolve and persevere. Working together is important, now more than ever. 

The in-person fees are tiered and reflect the ability to pay, including for older adults and students.

Standard Rate

Is for people who are representing, or being supported by, organizations with significant resources and paid staff. This includes governments, large non-profits, academic institutions and corporations. A reduced group rate is available if a few people from the same organization are attending. This tier is also for people attending as individuals who have better than average economic means. 

  • Standard Individual – Early Bird Rate $300, after April 22, $375
  • Standard Group Rate (for 5 or more individuals from the same organization/group) – $1000

Base Rate

Is for smaller non-profits, with more modest resources and few paid staff, as well as for individuals with moderate incomes. 

  • Base individual – Early Bird Rate $175, after April 22, $225
  • Base Group Rate (for 5 or more individuals from the same organization/group) – $750

Reduced Rate for Low Income individuals

Is for individuals with limited financial resources for whom the standard or base rate would make participation unaffordable or a hardship. 

  • Reduced Rate – $75


Ottawa-area residents

For Ottawa-area residents, an organizational or group pass can be shared among 2 or 3 people who will attend on different days. The person who registers would be the one who comes the first day, sharing the pass with others on subsequent days. The above tiers still apply. 

Additional Donations to Support Low-Income Participants

There is an option, for those who can, to support low-income participation when you fill out your own registration form. 

Virtual registration will come later but we can confirm now that there will be an individual rate and a cost-effective group rate for people who are getting together locally to have their own ‘mini’ forum. We know of some being planned and we think it’s a great idea!

Travel and Accomodations

Note that in general participants cover their own travel and accommodation costs. Some meals and breaks will be provided on site, but not dinners. Some subsidies may be available for low-income participants, subject to funding. 

Accommodation in Ottawa

DON’T WAIT! We’re pretty emphatic about this.

The Forum is being held at the University of Ottawa in the downtown area. Places to stay in central Ottawa get booked up fast for some times of year ….. like May! The Forum runs from the evening of May 23 to noon on May 26.

If you are thinking about coming to the Forum, book now (and of course check the cancellation policy). 

There are OPTIONS

There will be registration fees but we’re working hard to keep them modest.


Subsidies for Low-Income Participants

A number of people have asked about the possibility of subsidies for low-income, in-person participation. We are working to secure resources to be able to support some people but at this point we cannot guarantee it to all who may request it. The following is our guide to making decisions:

  • Priority is given to:
    • Ensuring that the voices and experiences of basic income pilot participants are well-represented.
    • People who are part of wider networks (e.g., a local poverty reduction roundtable, a faith group working on basic income, a community organization, a food bank).
    • People bringing a unique and/or under-represented perspective and/or successful experience to share.
  • We would not, unfortunately, be able to provide full subsidy to any individual, so we encourage people to pursue other funding sources. Ideas that have been shared with us include:
    • Community Foundations, union locals, local United Way, faith congregations, local municipal politicians, local MPs, MPPs or MLAs, some businesses and co-ops, crowd-funding, other organizations that work in the interests of low-income populations. 

If anyone reading this is in the fortunate position to help support others, please do let us know!


All questions can be directed to: 

Ben Earle, GM, Basic Income Canada Network