Just days before a legal challenge of the cancelled basic income pilot project goes to court, data from a survey examining the lives of the participants at the start of the program shows the intense stress many of them were living under every single day.

The data was pulled from a questionnaire conducted for the province by St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, and released Tuesday by the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction.

It offers a snapshot into the living conditions of the program’s 4,000 residents from Hamilton, Thunder Bay and Lindsay when they signed up for basic income.