Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Basic Income Pilot Program cancelled

Basic Income Pilot Program cancelled

Single participants receive up to $16,989 a year while couples receive up to $24,027, less 50 per cent of any earned income.

He's one of about a thousand Hamiltonians receiving guaranteed income through the study. She says the roughly $1,000 a month she receives is not enough, especially when caring for her service dog. "It's just support to get me through schooling, to get me a job and the right education", she said.

MacLeod said the province is working on a plan to revamp the system. "Now I'm left clueless and don't know what to expect".

"And our efforts to fix social assistance will go hand-in-hand with our commitments to reduce gas prices by 10% litre, lower hydro rates, and provide targeted tax relief for working parents and minimum wage earners, all of which will provide focused benefits to lower income families".

Participants in the program received an email Wednesday saying their payments would continue through August but got no further details about how the project would be phased out, said Tom Cooper, director of the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction.

There are approximately 4,000 people enrolled in the program. "It shows you're not thinking about the people less fortunate than you".

Mike Schreiner, Guelph MPP and Green Party leader, considers the increase to be a cut to the social assistance rate.

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Lisa MacLeod, Ontario Minister of Children, Community and Social Services.

The PC government is also cancelling the basic income pilot project, calling it "expensive" and "ineffective".

Interim Liberal Leader John Fraser said the Tories had done nothing but tear things down and would continue to do so.

The pilot program, launched in 2017 by the previous Liberal government, was expected to last three years, according to The Guardian.

Sheila Regehr, chair of the Basic Income Canada Network, said such programs are more effective in lifting people out of poverty than social assistance, and require less bureaucracy to run.

Some advocacy groups have also denounced the move, as have some who received support through social assistance or the basic income program.

Losing the program is going to make those plans more hard, she said.

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