Ontario taps Hamilton groups to help recruit for basic income pilot

The Ontario government has tapped a handful of local agencies to help get more participants in their basic income study.

The Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction and Mission Services are among the community groups the province hopes can recommend eligible people for the pilot project, which could see those living in poverty receive up to $1,400 a month.

Mission Services made 63 appointments for folks they work with at two enrolment sessions the government hosted in Hamilton last week, said Val Sadler, associate executive director of programs.

"Almost all of our clients are low income and face a multitude of barriers," she said. "We're more than happy to try to get them involved in this pilot."

As of last month, the Ontario government had mailed out 14,000 basic income application packages to randomly-selected households in the Hamilton and Brantford area — one of three trial sites for the three-year initiative.

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