Ford government scrapping Ontario basic income pilot project

Aug 03, 2018, 05:39
Ford government scrapping Ontario basic income pilot project

"They were very clear during the campaign that they had no intention of rolling back the basic income pilot project and now what they've done is kicked thousands of people in the teeth".

The Ottawa Food Bank says it's disappointed in the decision by Ontario's PC government to cancel a basic income pilot project, and to pull back on planned increases to social assistance rates.

The minister announced Tuesday that the province would be "winding down" the program, which gave payments to low-income people in certain communities, but did not give a timeline for that to happen. That government had targeted involving 1,000 participants in the Thunder Bay area, with a total of 4,000 across Ontario. In Silicon Valley in particular, many have championed basic income as the answer to the question of how society should deal with large-scale job automation-but real-world data on whether such a program is even a good idea has been lacking. "That fake news that was in the news today totally mischaracterizes what we're doing", she said.

"This three years, I had a lot of plans for my future and my family".

"I know several girls that are working poor who have walked to work because they couldn't afford the bus".

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). Individuals living with a disability were receiving an additional $6,000 per year.

"I'm disappointed and upset", Knoll said.

Sue Garvey, executive director of Cornerstone Housing for Women, said lowering the increase could mean approximately $20 to $30 less per month for people in need of direct support. "This decision isn't about saving money, this decision is about fixing a broken system", she said.

"It's devastating. It's really devastating".

"Social services are already grossly underfunded, with Ontario Works recipients 60 per cent below the poverty line", said Ziegner.

The Ontario Coalition Against Poverty, which had been critical of the project, said cancelling it only a year in "demonstrates a reckless disregard for the lives of almost 4,000 people.who planned their lives on the assurance of having a set income for three years".

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