Ontario’s basic income unlikely to help people get ahead

This spring, the Ontario government will launch a three-year “basic income” pilot program and a key question to consider is how the program will impact the willingness of recipients to work. While it is possible to create a basic income that improves work incentives, the version being proposed and tried in Ontario will discourage work and encourage dependency. The program will provide a single person up to $16,989 per year in tax-free government transfers plus a  maximum $6,000 more for persons with disabilities (couples will get $24,027). The transfer is unconditional, meaning recipients are not required to work or look for

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