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Ford government announces social assistance overhaul

Ford government announces social assistance overhaul

The Ontario government chose to ditch its universal income project this week, with Ministers saying the expensive pilot program was "clearly not the answer" for the nation's working families and those below the poverty line.

Joe Marczi has been getting $1,900 a month since February from the basic income pilot project, and was expecting that money for the next 3 years. Today the government is defending its decision.

The pilot project was expected to cost C$50m per year and included 4,000 households.

Eligible participants selected for the program were receiving up to $16,989 per year for a single person and up to $24,027 per year for a couple, less 50 per cent of any earned income.

"And our efforts to fix social assistance will go hand-in-hand with our commitments to reduce gas prices by 10% litre, lower hydro rates, and provide targeted tax relief for working parents and minimum wage earners, all of which will provide focused benefits to lower income families".

A Canadian province has made a decision to scrap its universal basic income pilot after lawmakers decided it was "quite expensive" and "not sustainable", The Guardian reported. "Hell no", she said.

How did the program work?

"It's possible there may even be an increase in demand for social assistance because of it".

Ontario's new Progressive Conservative government says it will bring in major changes to social assistance, starting with reducing a planned increase in support rates and cancelling a pilot program that provided payments to low-income people in certain communities.

The Director for the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction says it has been working. "I told my spouse we will make it but it's going to be hard", Mendowegan said, adding her spouse had been able to stay at home as the care provider for their children while she went back to school.

Interim Liberal Leader John Fraser said the Tories had done nothing but tear things down and would continue to do so.

Basic income programs give people "the ability to have some security, to have some autonomy, to have the feeling that you're in control, that you are making decisions that are best for your life, not some bureaucracy that thinks it knows best", she said.

Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner, meanwhile, said the basic income program had previously been touted by conservative economists, who saw it as a small-government solution to help people out of poverty.