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Canadian province scraps ‘not sustainable’ basic income program pilot

Canadian province scraps ‘not sustainable’ basic income program pilot

Additionally, as part of this reform, MacLeod also announced that the Province will be winding down Ontario's Basic Income pilot in order to focus resources on more proven approaches.

In a supplied backgrounder, the government states it will "wind down" the Ontario basic income pilot project.

Opposition party leader Andrea Horwath called the decision to end the programme "a travesty".

In May, the CBC reported her making the same commitment. "Who are we to believe in this situation, the minister yesterday or the minister today?"

Ontario's new government says it will bring in major changes to social assistance, starting with reducing a planned increase in disability support rates and cancelling a basic income pilot program.

"That was what our decision point was".

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Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod admitted the Ford government broke a campaign promise, blaming the "realities" of coming into power last month.

How and when the pilot project will be wound down is to be announced at a later date. "We know that poverty is a ideal predictor of poor health and early hospitalization, bad educational outcomes, substance abuse and problems with the police - all of which cost Ontario billions". 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. "Hell no", she said.

The basic income pilot provided single participants $17,000 annually and couples $24,000 - roughly double standard welfare rates - to see if the money improved their odds of finding more lucrative employment and improved their housing, health and nutrition, while lowering the costly administrative burden of traditional welfare programs.

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.

Caseworkers spend between 70 and-90% of their time doing paperwork under the old system, she said - one that enables users to get caught up in cycles of poverty.

Paul Knoll receives disability benefits and lives with his sister Helen Ries, who is his primary supporter.


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