COVID-19 has shined a light on the vulnerabilities of our social safety net. Despite the good efforts of governments across Canada, too many Canadians fell through the cracks and are suffering just trying to keep a roof over their head and food on the table. Neither the market, nor the current patchwork of social programs can do the trick. It’s as simple as that. Converting the CERB into a basic income is both the just and the smart thing to do.