March 25, 2019
Hamilton residents enrolled in Ontario’s basic income pilot will receive their final payments Monday as the provincial project winds down close to two years earlier than expected.
The basic income pilot, which included 1,000 participants from the Hamilton-Brantford area, has been providing 4,000 Ontarians in three test sites with an annual guaranteed income of up to $17,000 for individuals and $24,000 a year for couples, less 50 per cent for income earned.
In July, the Progressive Conservative government decided to scrap the pilot just over a year after its launch and following a promise to keep it during the election campaign last spring.
When the province killed the experiment, data collection from pilot participants stopped, too.