In 2017, the former Ontario provincial government introduced a basic income pilot as a policy experiment to test better ways to address poverty. For just over a year and a half, 4,000 low-income Ontarians received a monthly unconditional cash transfer. Despite being slated to last three years, the pilot – and the research associated with it – was prematurely cancelled by the incoming Ford government in 2018.
A mixture of research and art, this 32-page, full-colour zine is an accessible and compelling account of the Ontario Basic Income Pilot and its effects on participants’ lives. Featuring handmade collages and anonymized quotes from pilot participants drawn from two separate research projects, it foregrounds lived experience while providing powerful evidence about alternative approaches to income security in Canada.
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