The abrupt and early cancellation of Ontario’s basic income pilot project is a “waste” and a “shame,” a Thunder Bay MPP said, especially given the fact that the program was making a difference in the lives of participants.

The Ontario conservative government’s Minister of Children, Community and Social Services Lisa MacLeod announced Tuesday the program will be cut, citing its cost.

Thunder Bay was one of the cities participating in the three-year pilot.

“We were very disappointed, because during the election the Progressive Conservative candidates were saying that they would see the basic income pilot through to its finish, and then analyze it,” said NDP MPP Judith Monteith-Farrell (Thunder Bay-Atikokan).

“Cancelling it is just a waste,” she said. “It’s a shame. And we know in Thunder Bay what a difference it made in peoples’ lives.”