Anti-poverty advocate welcomes court decision on Basic Income Pilot Project

TB News

An anti-poverty advocate in Thunder Bay says the Ontario Court of Appeal made a just decision when it allowed a class action lawsuit related to the cancelled Basic Income Pilot Program to proceed.

Frank Wilson, a volunteer with Poverty Free Thunder Bay and Diversity Thunder Bay, said it wasn’t right for the provincial government to abruptly cancel the three-year program in 2019, after just 18 months.

Eligible participants were receiving up to $17,000 per year, less 50 per cent of any earned income, while couples received up to $24,000 per year.  

Wilson said the 4,000 recipients in the Thunder Bay, Hamilton and Lindsay areas had made commitments to go to school or find proper housing with their new source of income.

“So when the government came along and cancelled it with no compensation…that’s unfair.”

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