Joshua Donald Hewitt knows that poverty isn’t a choice.

A recipient of the basic income pilot project, which the Doug Ford led Progressive Conservative government is axing, Hewitt believes poverty, homelessness and addiction are all long-term health concerns that governments need to re-evaluate how they’re addressed.

“I strongly believe since poverty is a form of structural violence and environment shapes our behaviour, it’s up to us as citizens to come together and really address that and tackle it head on,” Hewitt said.

“It’s not even about the politicians to me. It’s about the people who vote for the politicians. It’s about the perspective the community has and changing that perspective Canada-wide.”