Photo exhibit gives voice to those affected by cancellation of Ontario basic income pilot

Global News

The basic income pilot, run in Hamilton, Brantford, Thunder Bay and Lindsay, was to provide 4,000 Ontario residents with $17,000 dollars a year for three years.

The program, however, was abruptly cancelled by the provincial government back in August.

Now, one of the pilot’s Hamilton participants, Jessie Golem, has created a photo exhibit documenting the experience of those who say they are facing an uncertain future as a result of the cancellation.

Golem says participants were hoping to make positive changes in their lives.

“People were using basic income to get out of poverty, they were using it to get better jobs, go back to school, find safer housing, eat healthier,” Gollem said. “Afford dignity, I guess.”

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