Ontario starts basic income trial Toronto Star reports, $17,000 annually with no strings attached starting as early as this summer.

 

By LAURIE MONSEBRAATEN

Social justice reporter
Mon., April 24, 2017

Ontario’s long-awaited basic income pilot project will include 4,000 low-income people in the Hamilton-Brantford area, Thunder Bay and Lindsay, who will each receive up to $17,000 annually with no strings attached starting as early as this summer.

$17,000 annually with no strings attached

Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the three-year experiment in Hamilton on Monday morning as a way for Ontario to better support vulnerable workers and improve health and education outcomes for people living on low incomes.

“It’s not an extravagant sum by any means. For a single person, we are talking about just under $17,000 a year, but even that amount may make a real difference to someone who is striving to reach for a better life,” she said.

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and in contrast to the thestar.com balanced and reasonable reporting here is the Toronto Sun newspaper take on the issue.

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