A universal basic income pilot project that began in Ontario, Canada, in April 2017 has come to an end. Ontario's program was just too expensive and "clearly not the answer for Ontario families," Children, Community, and Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod said.
About 4,000 Canadians were enrolled in the program in selected regions: Thunder Bay, Lindsay, Hamilton, Brantford, and Brant County, the CBC reported.
The project was originally supposed to last three years, however, MacLeod made the announcement that the program would come to an end this week.
The decision was met with anger by Canadian politicians and shell-shocked beneficiaries. Ontario's provincial NDP leader, Andrea Horwath, called the move "callous" and "mean-spirited."
One of the 1,000 residents who received the guaranteed income told the CBC he was in shock. "I had a three-year plan and now it's gone," Dave Cherkewski said.
Each individual who took part in the pilot program received up to $17,000 a year while couples could have received up to $24,000 per year. Those with disabilities would have received an additional $6,000.
MacLeod is on a 100-day deadline to come up with a more "sustainable" economic assistance program.
To read more about the failed program, read the report here.
On Wednesday's episode of "Pat Gray Unleashed," Pat railed against those who advocate for the same social programs in America.
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