The lives of more than 400 low-income Ontarians receiving a basic income under the province’s three-year pilot project were showing “significant improvements” before the Ford government killed the experiment last summer, according to a new report.

Participants reported less stress and depression, fewer health problems and a greater ability to work, buy healthy food, upgrade their education and secure stable housing, says the report being released Monday by the Basic Income Canada Network.

“Many respondents talked about working hard their whole lives, often at multiple jobs, but never really having a life — until basic income made that possible,” says the report, which tries to gauge the impact of the ill-fated anti-poverty initiative in the absence of official government research.