Basic Income Pilot Program cancelled

DENIS BALIBOUSE  REUTERS  Newscom

DENIS BALIBOUSE REUTERS Newscom

The minister has been criticized for not allowing the program - a tiny fraction of the province's annual budget - to continue by Segal, who wrote a scathing opinion piece in Thursday's Globe and Mail calling MacLeod's decision "callous and mean-spirited".

The Ford government is ending the Ontario basic income pilot project.

When reporters followed up with her she said there's "the decision in the campaign and then you find the realities within your government".

The province will also wind down Ontario's Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) pilot project, which provided payments to 4,000 low-income people in communities including Hamilton, Brantford, Thunder Bay and Lindsay.

"We're going to hit the pause button on the previous government's patchwork system and replace it with a system that helps stabilize people in need and support them to succeed".

Under the program's current guidelines, a single person would receive a maximum of $17,000 (Canadian) per year and a married couple would receive $24,000 (Canadian). The money reduced if they were earning income.

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He's one of about a thousand Hamiltonians receiving guaranteed income through the study.

"It's deeply frustrating that the pilot is being ended early before we have any evidence on whether it is working", said Schreiner. When pressed several times she said "we had a platform and this was not in the platform". Numerous program's participants seemed shocked and frustrated to learn that their monetary plan for the next three years was being thrown out the window.

The group predicted the government's pledge to reform social assistance was nothing but a thinly veiled return to cuts brought in by former Tory premier Mike Harris, and vowed to oppose what it called Premier Doug Ford's "war on the poor".

"There's nothing compassionate about cutting planned increases to assistance rates, and cancelling the universal basic income pilot shows that this government has no interest in making progress when it comes to improving the social supports that many Ontarians depend on", she said in a statement.

Ontario's previous government implemented the pilot program last July, estimating that it would cost about CA$150 million. "This decision isn't about saving money, this decision is about fixing a broken system", she said.

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