I am receiving Universal Basic Income payments as part of a pilot project being tested in Ontario, Canada. AMA!
Hello Reddit. I made a comment on r/canada on an article about Universal Basic Income, and how I'm receiving it as part of a pilot program in Ontario. There were numerous AMA requests, so here I am, happy to oblige.
In this pilot project, a few select cities in Ontario were chosen, where people who met the criteria (namely, if you're single and live under $34,000/year or if you're a couple living under $48,000) you were eligible to receive a basic income that supplements your current income, up to $1400/month. It was a random lottery. I went to an information session and applied, and they randomly selected two control groups - one group to receive basic income payments, and another that wouldn't, but both groups would still be required to fill out surveys regarding their quality of life with or without UBI. I was selected to be in the control group that receives monthly payments.
EDIT: Holy shit, I did not expect this to blow up. Thank you everyone. Clearly this is a very important, and heated discussion, but one that's extremely relevant, and one I'm glad we're having. I'm happy to represent and advocate for UBI - I see how it's changed my life, and people should know about this. To the people calling me lazy, or a parasite, or wanting me to die... I hope you find happiness somewhere. For now though friends, it's past midnight in the magical land of Ontario, and I need to finish a project before going to bed. I will come back and answer more questions in the morning. Stay safe, friends!
EDIT 2: I am back, and here to answer more questions for a bit, but my day is full, and I didn't expect my inbox to die... first off, thanks for the gold!!! <3 Second, a lot of questions I'm getting are along the lines of, "How do you morally justify being a lazy parasitic leech that's stealing money from taxpayers?" - honestly, I don't see it that way at all. A lot of my earlier answers have been that I'm using the money to buy time to work and build my own career, why is this a bad thing? Are people who are sick and accessing Canada's free healthcare leeches and parasites stealing honest taxpayer money? Are people who send their children to publicly funded schools lazy entitled leeches? Also, as a clarification, the BI is supplementing my current income. I'm not sitting on my ass all day, I already work - so I'm not receiving the full $1400. I'm not even receiving $1000/month from this program. It's supplementing me to get up to a living wage. And giving me a chance to work and build my career so I won't have need for this program eventually.
Okay, I hope that clarifies. I'll keep on answering questions. RIP my inbox.
EDIT 3: I have to leave now for work. I think I'm going to let this sit. I might visit in the evening after work, but I think for my own wellbeing I'm going to call it a day with this. Thanks for the discussion, Reddit!