As previously announced by the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, changes to the assistance rates as well as earning exemptions will come into effect on October 1, 2017.

In summary,

•   The income assistance support rate will increase by $100 per client

°   A single individual on income assistance will receive $710

°   A single individual on disability assistance will see a new monthly rate of $1,133

°  Two PWD clients in a family unit will receive a $200 support increase

 

•   For individuals on income assistance, earning exemption will increase by $200 a month without any impact on their payment

°   A single individual on income assistance will be able to earn up to $400

°   Families with children on income assistance will be able to earn up to $600

°   Families with a child with a disability will be able to earn up to $700

 

•   For individuals on disability assistance, the annual earning exemption will increase by $2,400

°   A single individual with PWD designation will be able to earn up to $12,000 annually

°   A couple where one has PWD designation will be able to earn up to $14,400 annually

°   A couple where both has PWD designation will be able to earn up to $24,000 annually

*This change applies to the current year.  If the individual has already reached their current maximum earning exemption, they will be reassessed under the new exemption amount.

 

For the official news report from the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, click here.

For the full explanation on Annual Earnings Exemptions from the Ministry, click here.

For the updated Benefit Rate Table from our Resource Page, click here.

 

Assistance Rate Increase - Effective October 1, 2017

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