Save the Ontario Basic Income Pilot Project

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Ontario mayors ask federal government to continue basic income

Despite the Ford government's commitment to ending basic income payments in March 2019, some are still finding ways to fight back. Several mayors in Ontario are pressuring the Canadian government to get involved and save the project. Mayors from Kawartha Lakes, Hamilton, Brantford, and Thunder Bay have sent a joint letter to Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, asking the federal government to intervene and "assume oversight of the Ontario Basic Income Pilot project in our communities for years two and three of the planned project.” If you would like to tell Mr. Duclos how important the Ontario basic income pilot is to you, his contact information is listed here. Residents of Lindsay, Ont. have also filed a class-action lawsuit against the Province of Ontario for breach of contract and negligence as a result of cancelling the project prematurely. Although attorney Mike Perry is acting pro bono, you can help with court fees associated with the lawsuit by supporting their GoFundMe page. For more information, contact You can also help by sharing this petition and their GoFundMe on Facebook or Twitter. And Toronto residents should check out an a portrait series by Jessie Golem highlighting those adversely affected by the sudden cancellation of basic income. Humans of Basic Income is open for viewing now at Black Cat Artspace on Dundas Street West near Roncesvalles Avenue. Thank you for your continued support!

Shean Sutherland
4 years ago