In a remote place in the middle of Canada, closer to the border with North Dakota than to Montreal, a small city is calling attention to an achievement: there is no longer poverty!
Dauphin is a case study for several economists because, in this small city of about 10,000 people, the idea of poverty no longer exists.
It all started about 40 years ago when the authorities decided to install the Guaranteed Annual Income, a universal income for all the inhabitants who needed it in that city for 5 years.
Today, several experts confirm that this is one of the objectives for the future. An income that allows for the sustainability of basic expenses and also allows citizens to take advantage of their ability to create wealth.
The results of that experience reflect that the number of hospitalizations, especially accidents, injuries, and mental health, were reduced by 8.5%.
The conclusion was that the annual minimum wage improved the health of the population and, ironically, brought considerable savings to the health system.
Dauphin's results reflect that if the GAI program were to be fully implemented in Canadian society and other countries, the health and social well-being of the world's citizens would improve considerably.
The ideas that were launched at Dauphin leave three conclusions about a community where income is guaranteed even if you don't work:
- General improvement in social mood and decreased levels of anxiety
By having a guaranteed income, survival anxiety in the poorer groups disappears and there can be better time management.
- Improved health
The universalization of an economic income has significantly improved the health of the population, which has allowed savings in the health system.
- Better education
Education has been incorporated into all groups of society. With less time dedicated to survival, many families have managed to organize the education of their members, both youth and adults