A new report, from researchers at McMaster University and Ryerson University, has surveyed over 200 participants from a prematurely cancelled basic income experiment that took place in Southern Ontario between 2017 and 2019.
The report suggests participants saw improvements in mental health, housing stability and social relationships, along with less frequent visits to hospitals and doctors that lowered the impact on general health services.Read more
Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government says it has no regrets about cancelling a basic income pilot project even though a recent study found it vastly improved people’s health and helped many find better jobs.Read more
In 2017, the proposed Ontario Basic Income Pilot ("OBIP") gave hope to communities that have struggled with rising unemployment rates, housing instability, and poverty.
The program provided 4,000 individuals from cities including Hamilton, Thunder Bay, and Lindsay with a minimum monthly income to pursue continued education, pay for stable housing, support their families, and improve their overall quality of life.
The goal of the pilot was to offer a sustainable solution for poverty reduction and positively contribute to the health and well-being of Ontarians.Read more
Ontario Liberal leadership candidate Alvin Tedjo is promising to revive the Universal Basic Income Project, which was cut by the Doug Ford government this year, and expand it across the province if the party is elected in 2022.
In a major policy proposal, the leadership contender tells CTV News Toronto offering the program province-wide would come with a $5 to $6-billion price tag, but could also result in billions of dollars in cost savings and economic spinoffs.Read more
By Laurie Monsebraaten for the Toronto Star
If there’s one thing Helena Jaczek hates it’s losers.
As community and social services minister since 2014, Jaczek is determined to create only winners as she carries out her mandate to improve income security for vulnerable Ontarians, including almost 1 million living on social assistance.
“I said as long as I’m here, there are no losers,” she says, explaining the marching orders she has given to ministry bureaucrats.
It is also the challenge she has presented to members of a working group she will announce Wednesday to help her forge an action plan over the next 14 months.Read more
By Chris Weller for Tech Insider
Frans Kerver was working 12-hour days before the money started coming in.
For nine years, the 53-year-old freelance copywriter living in Groningen, the Netherlands, would rise at 7 a.m. and fall asleep at 1 a.m. His wife and three kids rarely saw him.
When Kerver began receiving a basic income last July, everything changed.Read more
By Roderick Benns
Publisher of Leaders and Legacies, a social purpose news site
Often called the poorest city in Ontario, the City of Cornwall in eastern Ontario has passed a motion endorsing basic income guarantee policy.
Less than a month ago, the City of Kingston became the first municipality in Canada to call for the development of a basic income guarantee for all Canadians. Its council unanimously passed a motion calling for a national discussion on the issue, hoping this will lead the provinces and federal government to work together to “consider, investigate, and develop a Basic Income Guarantee for all Canadians.”Read more
On Tuesday August 18th a letter was delivered to the Hon. Eric Hoskins, Ontario's Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, copy to Premier Kathleen Wynne and Deputy Premier Deb Matthews (who is also the Minister responsible for Ontario's poverty reduction strategy). Signed by 194 clinical or public health physicians practicing in Ontario, the letter asks the Minister for his "leadership in advancing consideration by the Ontario government for introducing a basic income guarantee (BIG) for the people of Ontario." Read the letter, share it widely and also read this blog, written by Philip Berger, MD and Lisa Simon, MD (two of the physician signatories) and published by our friends at Upstream.