“PCs plan to scrap Ontario basic income pilot project called shameful by NDP leader”
The project was expensive and clearly not the answer for Ontario families said by MacLeod on Tuesday.
The province will also wind down Ontario basic income pilot project, which provided payments to 4,000 low-income people in communities including Hamilton, Brantford, Thunder Bay and Lindsay. Single participants receive up to $16,989 a year while couples receive up to $24,027, less 50 per cent of any earned income.
During the announcement, MacLeod was asked what data the province was citing when it said the program wasn’t working. MacLeod didn’t offer any examples, and instead just said it was “not sustainable.”
She said her government will end the program “ethically” for anyone who is currently enrolled. She did not say how long participants could expect their payments to continue.
The announcement prompted shock and anger among many who rely on the the project and felt they’d been lied to.
Dave Cherkewski is one of about 1,000 Hamiltonians who received guaranteed income.