Thunder Bay residents are eagerly awaiting this week’s announcement of how the provincial government will roll out the Basic Income Pilot Project in their community.
On April 24, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced that 4,000 people — in the Hamilton area (which includes Brantford and Brant County), Lindsay, and Thunder Bay — will participate in the first basic income study undertaken by a Canadian government since the Dauphin, Manitoba, experiment finished in 1979.
Under the terms of the pilot, people with low incomes will receive regular payments from the government in place of the social assistance programs to which they’re eligible now. Supporters believe it will be easier for the government to administer than the current system and will help impoverished citizens out by giving them more financial stability.Read more
As a former police officer for 34 years, Thunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs used to see the same faces day in and day out at his detachment.
These were most often people in dire need in some way, all of it based on their economic and social disadvantages. Hobbs knew them on a first name basis.
“I saw the same people all the time, like a revolving door,” he reflects.
Now, the mayor couldn’t be happier about his city being chosen as one of three basic income sites in Ontario recently.Read more