One year ago, the Ontario Government launched phase 1 of the Basic Income Pilot in Hamilton, Brantford, Brant County, Lindsay and Thunder Bay and surrounding area.

The purpose of this pilot is to determine whether a basic income can better support vulnerable workers, improve health and education outcomes for people on low incomes, while providing a new approach to reducing poverty in a sustainable way.

The Basic Income monthly payment is not considered earnings for EI purposes. However, the compensation received for participation in the research study (survey) is considered earnings for EI purposes.

Source: Service Canada Website –