17th Annual Congress, May 24-27, 2018

The 2018 North American Basic Income Guarantee (NABIG) Congress, was held May 24-27 at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

Titled Basic Income: Bold Ideas, Practical Solutions for discussion of the idea of Basic Income, the 17th Annual NABIG Congress was a great opportunity to learn about the most recent thinking in Canada, the United States, Mexico and Europe on this important issue.


The 2018 NABIG Congress ran from Thursday May 24, 6:30pm, all day on Friday May 25 and Saturday May 26 (with optional evening activities), and ended at mid-day Sunday May 27 (with brief Basic Income Canada Network and US Basic Income Guarantee Network organizational meetings to follow, for those interested). The major themes for the 2018 NABIG Congress were:

  1. The converging paths leading to basic income (e.g., health, human rights, automation, sustainability, democracy, etc.)
  2. Making basic income a reality, through pilots, policy, and public support.

Speakers included:

  • from Canada—Senator Art Eggleton, Member of Parliament Guy Caron, Evelyn Forget (population health and Manitoba Mincome), Ron Hikel (executive director of Manitoba Mincome), Yv Bonnier Viger (public health), Josephine Grey (human rights), Jim Mulvale (environment), and Chandra Pasma (design and costing)
  • from the US—activist Kate McFarland (pilots globally), filmmaker Conrad Shaw (media), and filmmaker Ken Fisher (led the creation of a documentary on Manitoba Mincome, which premiered at NABIG!)
  • from Mexico—ECLAC research coordinator Pablo Yanes (constitutional issues)
  • from Portugal—Sarah Bizarro (poverty, human freedom)
  • from Chile via Finland—Jurgen De Wispelaere (political analysis)

See the Program for the 2018 NABIG Congress You can also download and share the 2018 NABIG Congress poster. There are three poster versions to select from:

The annual NABIG Congress was 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 ReductionLow Income Families Together (in Toronto), and other partners. We enjoyed seeing all attendees in Hamilton May 24-27, 2018.