Ontario’s basic income experiment would continue under Doug Ford

Toronto Star

Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives support Ontario’s basic income pilot project, a three-year experiment to determine whether regular, no-strings-attached payments improve health, education and housing outcomes for people living in poverty.

“We look forward to seeing the results,” a party spokesperson said Monday about the Liberal government initiative launched a year ago today .

After a slow start due to disbelief among many that it was too good to be true, the project has reached its goal of enrolling 6,000 participants between the ages of 18 and 65 in Hamilton-Brant, Thunder Bay and Lindsay.

Under the three-year experiment, more than 4,000 people will receive up to $17,000 a year ($24,000 for couples). Another 2,000 will be paid to fill out surveys as part of a control group. Participants with disabilities will get an extra $6,000.

“While our economy is in a strong position … there is still much we need to do to build a province where everyone is included in our economic growth,” Premier Kathleen Wynne said in a statement to mark the anniversary.

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