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PhD Candidate Mohammad Ferdosi collaborator on SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant

New project aims to advance research and tools in support of poverty reduction advocacy and education work

May 07, 2021

Mohammad Ferdosi, Dr. Thomas McDowell (Politics & Public Administration, Ryerson University) and Prof. Beth Martin (School of Social Work, Carleton University, Principal Investigator), in partnership with the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction will utilize new qualitative data based on the experiences of marginalized populations, who were Ontario Basic Income Pilot (OBIP) recipients, to come to meaningful, valid conclusions regarding Canadian poverty policy within the context of the current pandemic. The largest basic income pilot in the world, OBIP was cancelled by the Conservative Ontario government just a year after the pilot launched. In 2020, McMaster University researchers and the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction published a multi-funded report right before a COVID-19 state of emergency was declared by Premier Ford. The report used collected quantitative and qualitative data to show how OBIP worked as it was intended to: the program offered considerable health, social, and financial benefits to recipients, while improving their overall employment prospects. The report was subsequently covered in print and broadcast media around the world, endorsed by former Ontario Senator Hugh Segal, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and US Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang as well as examined by parliamentary committees debating over basic income proposals. This second SSHRC funded project aims to produce new knowledge utilizing unused qualitative data previously collected, to offer a richer understanding of participants’ experiences and to mesh the findings with those of the more quantitatively-oriented 2020 report albeit within the current pandemic context.