Ontario’s basic income pilot project was making a different in the lives of participants, and its cancellation was “devastating,” a Lakehead University researcher said.

Ravi Gokani, associate professor at Lakehead’s School of Social Work, has been speaking to people who participated in the pilot, people who didn’t, and community organizations about the impact the pilot had on the community.

“Most of the people that I’ve spoken to that had been on the pilot are back on some form of social assistance.”