It’s time to stop dismissing basic income as a fantasy and act to seriously test its merits.

In April 2017, the Ontario Liberals announced the launch of the Ontario Basic Income Pilot (OBIP)—the first attempt at introducing a basic income in the province and one of the largest trials of its kind in the world.

The Ford government’s recent decision to cancel OBIP was premature and unjustified, and it wasted an opportunity for Ontario to generate valuable insights about the basic income question.