Premier Kathleen Wynne announced that the Ontario Basic Income Pilot (OBIP) will give up to 4,000 low-income earners in Hamilton, Lindsay and Thunder Bay a basic annual income of $17,000. Couples would earn $24,000 and people with disabilities would earn up to $6,000 on top of the basic amount.
Participants are allowed to work but their basic income will decrease by $0.50 for every dollar they earn by working. This project is meant to replace Ontario Works payments.
Statistics Canada will release the second wave of data from the 2016 Census on May 3, covering the age and sex composition of Canada’s population, dwelling types and the makeup of those living in group housing. In this second in a series of webinars on census releases scheduled throughout the year, demographic expert Dr. Doug Norris will discuss how Canada’s age-sex composition is changing and how it differs across the country. The session will also focus on the housing arrangements of Canada’s fast-growing senior population, including retirement homes and other health-related facilities.
Randall Bartlett, chief economist at the University of Ottawa’s Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy (IFSD), calls StatsCan data the closest thing Canadians have to the “gospel truth.” However, “much of this data is released with a significant time lag relative to other developed countries,” Bartlett said.