Province to scrap Ontario basic income pilot project

The Ontario basic income pilot project is coming to an finish, says Children, Community and Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod.

MacLeod mentioned Tuesday that the project was costly, and “clearly not the answer for Ontario families.”

She mentioned the ministry would have “more details at a later date” about how the federal government would finish the project.

Close to 4,000 folks had been enrolled within the basic income pilot program in Thunder Bay, Lindsay, Hamilton, Brantford and Brant County.

The pilot project began in April 2017. It was initially set to final three years, and discover the effectiveness of offering a basic income to these residing on low incomes — whether or not they had been working or not.

Under the project, a single particular person might have acquired up to about $17,000 a yr, minus half of any income she or he earned. A pair might have acquired up to $24,000 per yr. People with disabilities might have acquired an extra $6,000.

During the announcement, MacLeod was requested what information the province was citing when it mentioned this system wasn’t working. MacLeod did not supply any examples, and as a substitute simply mentioned it was “not sustainable.”

She mentioned her authorities will finish this system “ethically” for anybody who’s at present enrolled. She didn’t say how lengthy members might count on their funds to proceed.

Guelph MPP Mike Schreiner, who’s the Green Party chief, slammed the cuts in a press release.

“Ontario’s social assistance programs are not working,” he mentioned. “The most efficient and effective way to reduce poverty and government bureaucracy is to experiment with new solutions such as the Basic Income Guarantee pilot program.”

Disability help to rise 1.5%

MacLeod additionally introduced Tuesday that the province’s PC authorities will enhance charges for folks on Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program by 1.5 per cent — not the three per cent enhance that was promised within the earlier Liberal authorities’s newest finances.

“We need to do more than just help people remain mired in poverty,” MacLeod mentioned whereas making the announcement at Queen’s Park.

“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.”

MacLeod mentioned the province has set a 100-day deadline to develop and announce a “sustainable” social help program.

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