Thunder Bay sees basic income plan take shape

The Chronicle-Journal

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. 

The study targets the working poor, unemployed people and homeless individuals. About 70 per cent of people living in poverty in Ontario are classified as working poor.

Thunder Bay is among three regions included in the three-year study along with, Lindsay, and the Hamilton, Brantford and Brant County area.

Using Canada Post data, the provincial government recently began mailing out application packages to randomly selected individuals from all socio-economic backgrounds as part of the study’s first phase. About 3,000 packages have been mailed out to people living in Thunder Bay and the surrounding area.

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