Ontario has so far enrolled 400 people in the Hamilton and Thunder Bay areas for its basic income pilot project — with half of them single mothers, and two-thirds of participants in low-wage jobs.

In total, the government is hoping to sign up 4,000 participants — 2,000 in Hamilton/ Brantford/Brant County and Thunder Bay — as well as 2,000 in Lindsay, where provincial recruiters will begin next week to enroll low-wage workers and those on social assistance, providing them with stable income through monthly payments on top of a portion of what they earn.

About 30 per cent of the initial group are on social assistance and the rest the working poor “which is really important for us as well, because of the precarious work situation,” said Helena Jaczek, the province’s minister of community and social services.