Residents in and around Thunder Bay and Hamilton, Ont., have started to receive packages from the provincial government soliciting people to sign up for the basic income pilot project.

The three-year pilot was announced in April and will be tested in the Thunder Bay, Hamilton and Lindsay areas. It will explore the effectiveness of providing a basic income — no matter what — to people who are currently living on low incomes. It’s expected to cost $50 million per-year.

“We have recently begun mailing letters and application packages to randomly selected individuals in the Thunder Bay region,” Daniel Schultz, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Community and Social Services, said in an email to CBC News.