Ontario will mail cheques to 400 people this month as it begins its basic income pilot project, two ministers announced in Hamilton Wednesday.

The rollout hasn’t been smooth. The province mailed out applications to “random” households beginning in June, but only heard back from a small fraction.

A few weeks ago, they engaged local poverty and social services agencies to help connect them with potential applicants. The premier said Wednesday there are “thousands” more applicants being processed currently to be part of the project.