"Human Again": The (Unrealized) Promise of Basic Income in Ontario

Journal of Poverty - Leah Hamilton and James Mulvale - 20 May 2019

This article compares social assistance in Ontario with a pilot project to test basic income as an alternative method of enabling economic security and social participation. Interviews conducted with pilot recipients indicated a desire to be financially independent, but that the conditionality of traditional programs had negative repercussions including work disincentives and bureaucratic hurdles. Respondents reported that basic income improved their nutrition, health, housing stability, and social connections; and better facilitated long-term financial planning.

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