The City of Port Colborne is volunteering itself to be a part of the provincial government’s basic income pilot project.

The project aims to assess the costs and impact of poverty, not just in terms of money, but for the individual and the city as a whole according to an online discussion paper on the pilot project.

On the ontario.ca website, the paper written by master of Massey College Hugh Segal says a “modestly more generous basic income” will be distributed automatically to residents below a specific income threshold in the pilot cities.

The motion to let Ontario know that Port Colborne is up for being a part of this was brought before city council on Monday night by Ward 2 Coun. Angie Desmarais.

“I think you would get a very clear picture of impacts of poverty and what happens when you raise that income,” she said in an interview Tuesday.