Although yesterday was to be the final day of enrollment in the Ontario Basic Income Pilot, in light of the ice storm the Province has added three more days.
People who think they may be eligible can request an application by email at ac.oi1560705545ratno1560705545@emoc1560705545nicis1560705545ab1560705545 or sign up for a session by phone 1-844-217-4516 or on the government’s website. If you have started filling out an application at home, feel free to drop in to an enrollment session to complete the application.
In Lindsay the new sessions are being held at Celebrations (the old Queen Street United Church), at 35 Lindsay St. N, from 10 am to 5 pm, from April 17-19.
Signing up for Basic Income
Potential basic income recipients must live in Lindsay and have been living there for at least the past 12 months. As well, people must be:
- 18 to 64 years old (for the entire duration of the three-year study)
- living on a low income (under $34,000 per year if you’re single or under $48,000 per year if you’re a couple)
The government pilot wants to test how a basic income might help people living on low incomes better meet their basic needs, while hoping to see improvements in:
- food security
- stress and anxiety
- mental health
- health and healthcare usage
- housing stability
- education and training
- employment and labour market participation
Again, to sign up for basic income, apply by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), phone (1-844-217-4516) or just visit the Ontario Basic Income Pilot website and register for an in-person session.
Anyone who is eligible and needs basic income will get it, if they apply.
Basic income has genuine momentum now as a social policy option, not just in Canada, but around the world.
To learn more about it, see the Basic Income Canada Network’s series of primers on the topic here.