Ontario's basic income pilot project was making a different in the lives of participants, and its cancellation was "devastating," a Lakehead University researcher said.
Ravi Gokani, associate professor at Lakehead's School of Social Work, has been speaking to people who participated in the pilot, people who didn't, and community organizations about the impact the pilot had on the community.
Thunder Bay was one of the cities in Ontario chosen to participate in the project, which provided up to $17,000 per year to those who qualified for the program.
The goal was to study what impact that funding had on things like health, housing, and employment; the Doug Ford government, however, abruptly cancelled the program last March, earlier than expected.
"It's been devastating to the people that I've spoken to," Gokani said. "Some people had plans in place, and so they've been able to cope a little bit better. Others have not coped as well."
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