Progressive Conservatives Announce Cancellation of Basic Income Program

Ontario's Children Community and Social Services Minister Lisa Macleod attends Question Period at Queen's Park in Toronto on Tuesday

Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod said the government is scrapping the "basic income" project of the previous Liberal government.

"There's nothing compassionate about cutting planned increases to assistance rates, and cancelling the universal basic income pilot shows that this government has no interest in making progress when it comes to improving the social supports that many Ontarians depend on", she said in a statement.

The Ontario government said in a press release that it will be exploring new avenues to lift its low income residents-the number of whom has risen by 55% in the last 15 years-out of poverty.

The Ford government is working on a plan to reform Social Assistance so that it can help more people break the cycle of poverty, re-enter the workforce and get back on track.

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Instead of seeing the first of three three-per-cent increases in Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program payments this fall, she said at a Toronto news conference, recipients will get a 1.5-per-cent increase (in September for those on disability programs, in October for those on Ontario Works). Almost a million people use the two systems and someone on Ontario Works is now entitled to a maximum of $721 a month.

MacLeod said the province is working on a plan to revamp the system.

The province will also wind down Ontario's basic income pilot project, which provided payments to 4,000 low-income people in communities including Hamilton, Brantford, Thunder Bay and Lindsay.

"It's one of the things I'm really anxious about", said Kwame McKenzie, a psychiatrist and CEO of the Wellesley Institute, on Thursday.

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It was to test whether basic income is better than current social assistance programmes. The point of the pilot project has been to see how costs and outcomes compare to the existing system in larger and smaller Ontario communities. Single people in this program could receive up to $16 989 per year, whereas pair - $24 027.

"I live with a person with a disability day-to-day and I'm involved in it through advocacy and it's still hard for me to understand the varying life situations of people in Ontario", she said.

The government has not offered a timeline for the "winding down" of the pilot project or the implementation of a new equivalent program other than the promised 100 days. Numerous program's participants seemed shocked and frustrated to learn that their monetary plan for the next three years was being thrown out the window. The Ottawa Food Bank points out, social assistance rates have not kept pace with inflation and argues that the reduced increase will continue to cause reliance on emergency food banks. That's information any government concerned about vulnerable populations should value, Regehr said.

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