Enrollment for Basic Income Pilot to start next week in Lindsay

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ONTARIO-The Province announced today that enrollment for the Basic Income Pilot Project (OBIP)in Lindsay will start next week.

Four hundred people from Hamilton, Brantford, Brant County and Thunder Bay and the surrounding area will be receiving a basic income this month. “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. “We are one step closer today to learning whether a basic income will be a better way to support those who need it most by allowing them to make ends meet and make decisions about their future while also improving their physical and mental health, and making them better able to participate in their community.” Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Community and Social Services remarked.

The Ontario Basic Income Pilot will be the largest study of its kind in North America with 4,000 participants at full enrollment. Enrollment in the first two pilot sites began this June with the mailing of application packages to random households in Hamilton, Brantford, Brant County and Thunder Bay and the surrounding area.

Enrollment in the Lindsay pilot will begin next week. People interested in learning more about this pilot should contact basicincome@ontario.ca.

The first basic income payments were made on July 25, 2017. Ontario Basic Income Pilot payments are made on or around the 25th of each month.Participants could receive up to $16,989 per year for a single person, up to $24,027 for a couple and up to an additional $6,000 per year for a person with a disability.

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.

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