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Op-Ed: Ontario’s basic income cut should bother Canadians

The following is an op-ed from U of M law professor Lorna Turnbull that originally ran in the Winnipeg Free Press on Aug. 8, 2018:

Ontario’s decision to cut the basic income pilot study should trouble all Canadians.

Canada has a problem with money — specifically, who has it and who doesn’t — and our current methods of making sure our fellow Canadians who don’t have it are OK are not working. The experiment might have helped us to understand new ways to support those among us who end up living on low incomes, and that would be good for us all.

Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot study began in April 2017, to test a guaranteed basic income. The program enrolled more than 4,000 people who live on less than $34,000 individually or $48,000 as a couple. They included people working, going to school or living on financial assistance. For three years, single participants were to receive $16,989 annually and couples were to receive $24,027.

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