Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Richard Branson and other tech titans are promoting the idea of universal basic income, as a way to help citizens weather job disruptions caused by emerging technologies.
Canada is giving it a try, with a pilot program that gives participants up to $17,000 annually for three years — no strings attached. WSJ’s Jason Bellini checks in on this free money experiment.Read more
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.Read more