Spotlight shines on pilot project in Hamilton

Hamilton Spectator

The spotlight is shining on Hamilton's role in a three-year experiment where about 1,000 people in the city living in poverty will receive a no-strings attached base income.

Media reports on the basic income pilot project in Ontario have recently been published in the U.K. and U.S., and a correspondent from PBS NewsHour was in town this week to interview participants.

Attention may increase with the Basic Income Congress coming to the city in May.

"Hamilton is like the epicentre of this important and growing social policy initiative," said Tom Cooper, chair of the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction.

The project that started late last summer will see 4,000 Ontarians receive a guaranteed income of about $17,000 — depending on their individual circumstances — in place of conventional social assistance benefits.

The other community test sites are Brantford, Lindsay and Thunder Bay.

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