The Ontario government is defending its decision to cancel the province’s basic income pilot project, suggesting the program discouraged participants from finding work.

Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod says that giving people money “with no strings attached” goes against the government’s goal of getting people back on track and making them productive members of society.

The minister announced Tuesday that the province would be “winding down” the program, which gave payments to low-income people in certain communities, but did not give a timeline for that to happen.