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Research Background 


           Letter of Information Consent Form

               Download the PDF to review the full consent form for research participants. 

There are no direct benefits to you as a participant (except a $40 honorarium). However, the study results will be used to inform public debate and public policy about income security in Canada. I will use the study results to: develop a social media campaign (on Twitter and Facebook) that will use short video clips from your interviews to educate the public about what it is like to live on a low income without federal income support during the COVID pandemic; use video clips of participants for a short documentary film; write a policy report for government officials; academic journal manuscripts and presentations at conferences.


           Verbal Consent Script

               Download the PDF to review the full consent script for your permissions. 

The verbal consent script explains all aspects of this study to the participant as outlined in the letter of information. The participant consents to the use of Audio Recording/Video Recording/Use of Quotes.


           Recruitment Poster

               Download the PDF to share and assist finding volunteer research participants in your community.




                           Dr. Elaine Power is a Professor in the School of Kinesiology & Health Studies and Head of the                              Department of Gender Studies at Queen’s University. She teaches Social Determinants of                                      Health (HLTH 101 course), which explores how health is impacted by income, education,                                      racism, white privilege, and colonialism. Her research is focussed on poverty, class and food, She is a co-founder and passionate advocate of the Kingston Action Group for a Basic Income Guarantee.


Publications & Articles


The Case for Basic Income: Freedom, Security, Justice

Elaine Power and Jamie Swift, Between the Lines Press, 2021


          A Good Idea Goes Viral Basic Income 2020



More than food banks are needed to feed the hungry during the coronavirus pandemic. May 5, 2020.



              The visible and invisible occupations of food provisioning in low income families. June 13, 2017.


Sick of the System Interview Elaine Power and Jamie Swift on YouTube. July 31, 2021





                                      Craig Berggold is a research assistant, video editor and website designer on this project.                                       At Queen's University, Craig is a PhD candidate in Cultural Studies. He is a key organizer                                       at Ontario Basic Income Network for The Case for Basic Income and the Arts campaign.

This project is funded by a Queen's University COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant.

The Case for Basic Income book Elaine Po
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