Sherry Mendowegan says these days, “life is good.”

The 41-year-old mother of two, who lives in Thunder Bay, Ont., can’t stop smiling as she describes the ways in which her life is different, since she was selected to be part of Ontario’s basic income pilot project.

“My life has changed so much,” she said, explaining that her family can now afford a car, and that she and her partner now have enough money to take their children out to enjoy recreational activities.

What’s more, Mendowegan, who recently earned her Grade 12 diploma, plans to attend college this fall. It’s something that would have seemed impossible a year ago.