Province fields basic income questions in Hamilton

Province fields basic income questions in Hamilton

Ursula Samuels wants to know that basic income will help Hamiltonians on social assistance get ahead. The 60-year-old mother who attended an information session at the Hamilton Central Library said she receives Ontario Works, and between juggling rent, food and other responsibilities, “it’s a struggle every month to get by. What I want to see is that people would be better off,” she added.

Karen Glass, assistant deputy minister at the Poverty Reduction Strategy Office, spoke about the province’s three-year basic income pilot and fielded questions from the crowd of more than 75 people Monday night.

She explained that people on social assistance would have to forego their Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program payments to become part of the basic income study, but they would keep their health and dental benefits.

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