There’s certainly been a large amount of attention paid to the Province’s decision to end the Basic Income Pilot program early next year, rather than seeing the plan through fully to its original three-year time period. As one of three Ontario communities selected for the program, the City of Kawartha Lakes has hundreds of residents currently receiving the guaranteed income payments.
Community Care has observed that some clients who are Basic Income recipients have improved their health and lifestyles in many ways. They are eating better, are happier, and have been making fewer appointments to see health care specialists such as those at our Community Health Centre. These are all positive ways that the program was helping and saving the health care system in the long run.