The Basic Income pilot program has improved my life 100% in the short time I have been on it. It brought security and opened my mind to feel confident in achieving more in life [than] what I had prior to the project. I was eligible for ODSP but due to the system I was forced to work full time and be a single mom – I barely making enough to cover full market rent let alone provide basic needs. My only dreams would be to attend/finish school and find a career that allows me to provide full quality of life to my family. These basic goals were unachievable and not realistic while working full time we were still in poverty. My disabilities and sons needs caused me to quit my job and I was ineligible for unemployment. The opportunity came to apply which @ the time was 50/50 and I was selected accordingly. I worked really hard to not be labelled or in a situation of homelessness or emergency, now I am facing a urgent need of how to provide or be eligible for assistance.
The pilot program has helped me move forward in baby steps one of them being I moved into a safer area locked into a lease. I have given him my time and attention which has improved his life he has felt secure and not feel average have time for your kids is one of the best qualities and as a single full time working mom I wasn’t able to before. Moving forward I had planned to go back to school seek my education, build my credit be a good mom find balance and be a successful productive citizen. Push for others in my situation to work hard to change.