Ontario initiating a basic income pilot project in three communities.




A Canadian dollar coin, commonly known as the "Loonie", is pictured in this illustration picture taken in Toronto January 23, 2015. The Canadian dollar strengthened against the U.S. dollar on Friday after Canadian CPI data showed an increase in core inflation. REUTERS/Mark Blinch (CANADA - Tags: BUSINESS) - RTR4MOVR

Canada’s largest province, Ontario is experimenting with giving poor people a basic income with no strings attached.

Premier Kathleen Wynne announced a basic income pilot project in three communities across the province- Hamilton, Thunder Bay and Lindsay.The three-year study will test whether this basic income is better than current social welfare programmes.

Randomly selected participants living in three communities in Ontario will be given at least C$16,989 a year to live on.