CMHA Ontario provides mental health perspective on basic income pilot
CMHA Ontario is pleased the provincial government is examining the feasibility of the Basic Income Pilot Project, but believes mental health and addictions sector must be a key contributor in the discussion.
CMHA Ontario’s position is that any basic income provided to individuals with a mental illness shouldn’t result in a reduction to ODSP benefits.
CMHA Ontario came to this conclusion after participating in a public consultation about the proposed pilot project held Dec. 8 in Toronto.
This is because nearly half of all people receiving benefits from the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) live with a mental illness. CMHA Ontario’s position is that any basic income provided to individuals with a mental illness shouldn’t result in a reduction to ODSP benefits.
CMHA Ontario CEO Camille Quenneville and CMHA Ontario policy staff were among about 25 individuals representing various social service, health and community-related organizations who were invited by the government.
Discussion covered several aspects of the proposed pilot, including determining eligibility for a basic income, what the basic income should be, and which communities should pilot the study.
The government launched consultations in November after it released Finding a Better Way: A Basic Income Pilot Project for Ontario earlier in 2016.