Universal basic income is recognized as an adequate response in fulfilling the needs of individuals with disabilities. Proponents of basic income believe that it could potentially reduce financial strains often prevalent in the disability community and shift negative connotations currently attributed to individuals with disabilities. My paper addresses the repercussions that could arise amidst the implementation of a universal basic income in Canada. My analysis indicates that the eventuality of basic income will not further the participation of individuals with disabilities, nor will it address the lack of resources that are indispensable to the creation of meaningful and inclusive opportunities. Rather, I will demonstrate that a universal basic income would increasingly perpetuate the marginalization of individuals with disabilities. This basic income would also render their participation within society difficult. In sum, I will argue that the implementation of a universal basic income in Canada would not respond to the systematic barriers that shape the participation of individuals with disabilities within today’s society.
Godin-Jacques, Chloée C., "Universalism Contested: The Exclusivity of a Universal Basic Income" (2018). 2018 Undergraduate Awards. 5.