City of Kawartha Lakes residents react to final payment from Ontario Basic Income pilot project

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It’s the end of the line for Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot (BIP), which was intended to improve the lives of those in poverty.

In April 2017, the previous Liberal government announced it was giving 4,000 people — half of them in the City of Kawartha Lakes — up to $33,000 per year to find work or better their education.

Under the program, single residents got just under $17,000 annually while couples received approximately $24,000. The BIP was rolled out in three Ontario cities.

However, the Ford government pulled the plug on the BIP last year. Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod said the program was failing given there are nearly two million Ontarians living in poverty.

This week, BIP recipients will be getting their final cheques, and many are not pleased.

Karen Lynn Belanger opened a little store last November with the money she got from the BIP.

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