There was once an idea that interested people; if you gave people autonomy and enough money you could shape their health and well-being. But was it true?
They took the idea and created an experiment called the Ontario Basic Income Pilot. 4000 households. 4 cities. 6000 lives.
Then it was cancelled.
The stories you will read here are not fictional. They belong to real people. This is their lives. On basic income and off.
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BI=Healthier food=less seizures I live in Thunder Bay, am 51 and have uncontrolled seizures from epilepsy. Before being accepted on BI, I was on ODSP. The increase in money while on BI allowed me to buy healthier food, which has helped decrease the amount and severity of the Grand Mal seizures I have. It was so nice knowing... From PTSD and ODSP to Hope and Then Back to Hopelessness Before I got onto the Basic Income Program I had been a recipient of ODSP for many years, due to PTSD. On ODSP I often had to pick between bills or groceries and frequented food banks. I had to buy all of my clothing used, only owning for myself 5 shirts and 4 pairs of... After 7 months on the BIP -We were nearly stress free =Husbands hair had stopped falling out after we left ODSP and was growing back -Migraines and seizures have been cut in half meaning less pills and pain -Fainting spells have been reduced allowing me to take the pills less often -More able to focus on getting my memory problems under... Basic Income and the Disabled At twenty, I was diagnosed with four mental illnesses. It took most of 10 years to correctly diagnose my problems and figure out how to treat them; then, eight years ago, I lost all of the vision in my left eye and 90% in my right. During those ten years, in spite of my struggles,... Having tasted the freedom of Basic Income, i refuse the Chains of ODSP. The Ontario Basic Income Program gave me back my Dignity . I felt that my community was showing me, I was a valued member. By putting money where its mouth is, and equally important, where my mouth is. Rather than Poverty the forced upon me by my Government with its Ontario Disability Support Program and...