Four hundred people from Hamilton, Brantford, Brant County and Thunder Bay and the surrounding area will be receiving a basic income this month as part of the Ontario Basic Income Pilot (OBIP), giving them the chance to expand their opportunities and job prospects while providing greater security for themselves and their families.
Ontario’s economy is in a relatively strong position, however many people in the province are not feeling that growth in their everyday lives. People are struggling to keep up with the rising cost of living and facing “precarious employment” with little job security or benefits.
“The Ontario Basic Income Pilot is well underway. This month 400 people will receive a basic income payment and more applications are currently being processed. There is still more to come and we’ve got the right people in place to help us make sure that the Ontario Basic Income Pilot is fair, effective and scientifically valid.” said, Peter Milczyn, Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy and Minister of Housing
Launched in the spring of this year, the three-year, 4,000-participant pilot is testing whether a basic income can better support vulnerable workers, improve health and education outcomes for people on low incomes, and help ensure that everyone shares in Ontario’s economic growth.
“Today, by showing how much progress has been made implementing the Ontario Basic Income Pilot, the government is delivering on its commitment to reduce poverty and provide people with the support they need to reach their full potential. I’m thrilled to see how far we’ve come and look forward to learning about how a basic income could improve the lives of people here in Hamilton and across Ontario.” said, Ted McMeekin, MPP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale
Progress so far includes:
This month 400 people will receive a basic income payment, with more applications currently being processed. Enrollment in Lindsay will begin next week.
Establishing a Minister’s Advisory Council, led by Susan McIsaac, former President & CEO of United Way Toronto and York Region, which will provide advice and recommendations to the government to achieve successful delivery of the pilot.
Striking a Research and Evaluation Advisory Committee, led by Dr. Kwame McKenzie, CEO of the Wellesley Institute and Special Advisor to the Ontario Basic Income Pilot, which will provide advice and recommendations on the evaluation of the pilot.
Selecting a team of leading researchers, experts and academics led by St. Michael’s
Hospital and McMaster University to evaluate the pilot.
As part of the next phase of the pilot, engagement will continue with First Nations and Provincial and Territorial Organizations on a First Nations Basic Income Pilot.
Ensuring everyone has the opportunity to reach their potential is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.