When Ontario’s basic income pilot project ends on March 31, more than 4,000 participants will be plunged back into a dysfunctional welfare system that penalizes them for simply being poor

Doug Ford’s government cancelled the project, launched by the Liberals under Kathleen Wynne, claiming that some 25 per cent of participants were either dropping out or failing to meet basic obligations, such as filing their taxes.

In fact, the project was achieving its goals of improving food and housing security and mental health, as well as access to education, training and employment while reducing demands on the provincial health care system.