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Four people who had been receiving a basic guaranteed income under a pilot project have launched a proposed class action against the Progressive Conservative government for cancelling it.

The former Liberal government announced the project in April 2017 to provide a guaranteed annual income to participants in three Ontario cities – Hamilton, Thunder Bay and Lindsay – with the intent of making it a three-year study.

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The Tories announced in July that they were cancelling the project.

The lawyer for the proposed lead plaintiffs alleges in a statement of claim filed today that the early termination of basic income payments amounts to a breach of contract.

Lawyer Stephen Moreau writes that the pilot participants relied on the ministry to administer the payments, and the government owed them a duty of care.

Moreau says after the cancellation of the project, people suffered from panic attacks, anxiety and depression.

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