Natalie Paddon, Hamilton Spectator

Close to 1,000 Hamiltonians are being left in the lurch after the new Progressive Conservative government announced it is scrapping a basic income pilot program less than one year after it launched. The basic income pilot, which was being tested in three locations across the province, was providing 4,000 Ontarians with a guaranteed income of up to $17,000 a year for individuals and $24,000 a year for couples, less 50 per cent for income earned. The Hamilton Spectator spoke to six people enrolled in the basic income program, which cost $50 million a year, and heard from several others about what the project meant to them.

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