Ontario's Basic Income Trial To Launch In Hamilton, Lindsay And Thunder Bay

HAMILTON — Residents of Hamilton, Lindsay and Thunder Bay areas will be the first Ontarians to receive a guaranteed minimum income as part of a new provincial pilot project.

Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the details of the province's three-year basic income project today in Hamilton.

She said the level of support starts at just under $17,000 a year for a single person, and while that isn't extravagant, she says it will make a real difference to a person "striving to reach for a better life.''

"The project will explore the effectiveness of providing a basic income to people who are currently living on low incomes, whether they are working or not,'' she said. "People participating in our pilot communities will receive a minimum amount of income each year — a basic income, no matter what.''

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