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Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction

Feb 25 Information Session
Feb 25 Information Session

Ontario is dramatically changing Social Assistance.  Are you in receipt of OW, ODSP, or Basic Income?  Are you thinking of applying for social assistance benefits?  Do you work with recipients of social assistance?  If so, you are invited to this important Information Session on Monday Feb 25 from 1:30-4:30 pm at the Central Library, Hamilton…

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Basic Income Baseline Survey released
Basic Income Baseline Survey released

From Poverty to Hope, then Back Again… Nearly six months ago, the new provincial government broke an election promise and announced the cancellation of the Ontario Basic Income Pilot. The research project was transforming the lives of 4,500 participants in four communities. Basic Income Pilot participants will receive their last basic income payments on March…

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Ottawa Needs to Keep Basic Income Alive
Ottawa Needs to Keep Basic Income Alive

HRPR Director, Tom Cooper’s recent op-ed in the Hamilton Spectator asking the Federal Government to step in and save the Ontario Basic Income Pilot:  

Four pilot city Mayors ask Feds to step in, save Basic Income project
Four pilot city Mayors ask Feds to step in, save Basic Income project

Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger along with Chris Friel, Mayor of Brantford, Andy Letham, Mayor of Kawartha Lakes, and Keith Hobbs, Mayor of Thunder Bay, issued today a joint letter to Minister Duclos expressing their concern with the sudden cancellation of the Basic Income Pilot Program and their united request to the Federal Government to assume…

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Humans of Basic Income Featured in Toronto Star, on CBC
Humans of Basic Income Featured in Toronto Star, on CBC

Jessie Golem wants to share the stories of those on the Ontario Basic Income Pilot. Recently, CBC and the Toronto Star featured a unique and powerful portrait series she initiated after the province callously announced the cancellation of the pilot. Jessie, a BI participant and a member of Photographers without Borders has been capturing the…

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Legal action commences to protect Basic Income participants
Legal action commences to protect Basic Income participants

Hamilton isn’t the only City involved in the basic income pilot project. Our sister pilot community of Lindsay has 2,000 participants and they made an announcement at a local media conference on Monday morning:  Class Action Lawsuit Launched from Lindsay over Basic Income Cancellation (click picture for news report) A notice to launch a class action…

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Join Us! A community briefing on the future of the Basic Income Pilot Project. When: Wednesday, August 15th at 1:30pm Where: Safe & Healthy Communities Committee of Hamilton City Council / City Hall Council Chambers, 71 Main Street West Hamilton

Save Basic Income… We need your help
Save Basic Income… We need your help

The new provincial government has cancelled the Ontario Basic Income Pilot project, breaking a campaign promise to let the project continue for the full three years.  Participant Jodi Dean working with You.LeadNow.ca has set up an online petition you can sign.

Basic Income is changing lives in Hamilton
Basic Income is changing lives in Hamilton

Jodi is one of more than 1,000 local basic income pilot participants in Hamilton. Read how her life is changing.

Out-of-control Rent Increases
Out-of-control Rent Increases

          Read SPRC’s latest report, Out of Control: Ontario’s acute ental housing crisis – Lessons from Hamilton and Quebec City examines differences between Hamilton and Quebec City’s rental markets and finds that Quebec has both stronger tenant protection policies and greater supply of new rental housing, both of which help to create…

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