Proponents have a number of arguments in favour of basic income, including: eradicating welfare fraud, since payments are granted automatically; streamlining government bureaucracy, as administering one payment is a simpler process; and ensuring a more secure safety net for everyone because some vulnerable people fall through the cracks when dealing with a complex bureaucratic system.

Sadly, we will no longer be able to gather and use scientific evidence to determine the effectiveness of basic income.

“The three-year study of no-strings attached payments is not the answer Ontario families need. Ontario will focus resources on more proven approaches,” said a July 31 government press release announcing the end of the pilot program and other changes to Ontario’s social assistance system.