Ontario is axing its test of universal basic income

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Asked how the government determined the pilot was ineffective before it was over, MacLeod simply said the program was "not doing what it's meant to do and it's quite expensive".

The PC's will also wind down Ontario's basic income pilot project, which provided payments to 4,000 low-income people in Hamilton, Brantford, Thunder Bay and Lindsay.

Since she started participating in the program previous year, Mendowegan has received her Grade 12 diploma, is in the process of completing a 16-week remote cooking course and is enrolled to start the office administrator program at Confederation College.

"When you're encouraging people to accept money without strings attached, it really doesn't send the message that I think our ministry and our government wants to send", said Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod, who said the decision to scrap the program came after consultations with ministry staff.

Single participants receive up to $16,989 a year while couples receive up to $24,027, less 50% of any earned income.

He's one of about a thousand Hamiltonians receiving guaranteed income through the study. Though a party spokesperson stated during the lead up to the election that the Conservative government, if elected would continue the basic income trial, the officials have apparently changed their minds.

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In a weird turn of events Thursday, Doug Ford's government said its promise to keep the basic income pilot was "fake news". "Hell no", she said. "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. Suggesting the program discouraged participants from finding work.

The PC Party has now introduced an accelerated 100-day deadline to develop and announce a "sustainable" social assistance program.

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

"This decision is about fixing a broken system and making sure we have the capacity to build people up and get them back on their feet", MacLeod said.

MacLeod said the government will provide "more details at a later date" about how it will end the Ontario basic income pilot project.

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