“Before Basic Income I was suffering in many ways. Basic Income has helped me eat better, recover some health issues, end my 2 or 3 years of diarrhea and one year of incontinence, paid off my credit card debt then started to see my chiropractor to end my 7 or 8 years of back/rib/shoulder and head pain. I was able to buy mother and others Christmas gifts last year. I took my mother out to dinner and a gift for her birthday – something I could never afford on only ODSP. I stopped breaking down, stopped thinking about ending my life, took stress off my family. I used to be stressed to the point my body was tense all the time and this caused so much trouble sleeping.
“Even after receiving basic income, it took 5 months just to loosen up while falling asleep. With basic income I found dignity and the ability to live.”