The Lindsay Advocate
In the three cities in Ontario where basic income is being tested – which includes Lindsay – there are still about 1,200 open spots for lower income people.
If you’re working or own your own business but just not earning enough, or if you’re on Ontario Works or disability, you might be eligible.
Potential basic income recipients must live in Lindsay and have been living there for at least the past 12 months. As well, you must be:
- 18 to 64 years old (for the entire duration of the three-year study)
- living on a low income (under $34,000 per year if you’re single or under $48,000 per year if you’re a couple)
About two thirds of basic income sign-ups so far have come from the so-called ‘working poor,’ a fact Lindsay residents who are struggling should take note of as it begins to unfold in the small Kawartha-area town.
Ontario’s Minister of Community and Social Services, Helena Jaczek, and her counterpart, Peter Milczyn, the minister responsible for the poverty reduction strategy and minister of housing, held a press conference in Hamilton earlier this morning to update the public on the basic income pilot.Read more
The Province is still searching for more Thunder Bay residents to sign up for a basic income pilot project.
A second information session was held earlier this week at the West Thunder Community Centre.
While application packages have already been mailed out to randomly selected households, officials say they still need more candidates.
Nearly 200 residents from Thunder Bay and the surrounding areas filled the hall, to ask questions about the basic income concept.Read more
About 100 Thunder Bay residents gathered for an information session at the West Thunder Community Centre Thursday to find out more about the Ontario government’s Basic Income Pilot study.
The city and its surrounding area were recently selected to take part in the project to assess whether a basic income can better support vulnerable workers and improve health and education outcomes for people on low incomes.Read more
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
Saying there are “new forces at play” in the economy, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced that Hamilton/Brantford, Thunder Bay, and Lindsay are the selected communities for the Province’s basic income guarantee project.
Wynne announced details of the Ontario Basic Income Pilot today in Hamilton. The three-year study will test how a basic income might expand opportunities and job prospects for those living on low incomes, while providing greater security for them and their families.
In her lead-up remarks to the announcement, the premier said although Ontario’s economy is showing many signs of improvement, there are also many people in the province who are not feeling that growth in their everyday lives and feel pessimistic about their life direction.Read more
By Roderick Benns
Publisher of Leaders and Legacies, a social purpose news site
Having a reliable income creates stronger self-worth and leads to a better life, says Mayor Keith Hobbs of Thunder Bay.
That’s why the mayor supports a basic income guarantee policy, to help stem the tide of poverty, addiction, and homelessness that is afflicting too many Thunder Bay residents.
Hobbs was one of many Canadian mayors who were invited to complete a national survey by Leaders and Legacies, in order to gauge municipal level support for a basic income guarantee policy.Read more