SOCIAL ASSISTANCE
AND
RELATED PROGRAMS

("SARP")

1994

(Archive copy for historical purposes only)

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DEFINITIONS
(Family unit)

Newfoundland

"Family" means a group of two or more persons residing together in which a parent or guardian is recognized by an officer of the Department as being responsible for the care and custody of the children. Act 2(f)

Two or more brothers and/or sisters, each receiving social assistance and living in a jointly owned house, should be considered as a family unit and may qualify for assistance, divided equally between them; where one of the siblings is self-supporting, he/she should be considered as owner of the house and the other(s) should be assisted on a board and lodging basis. Policy 105(g)

Prince Edward Island

An application for assistance shall be completed in the case of married persons jointly by the applicant and his spouse except where the signature of the spouse cannot be obtained for reasons acceptable to the Director. Regulation 4(2)

Nova Scotia - Provincial

"Family in need" means a family whose monetary requirements for regularly recurring needs determined under the regulations exceed its income as determined under the regulations. Act 4(h)

Where it appears that the spouse of an aged or disabled applicant or recipient can reasonably be expected to support the person without assistance under the Family Benefits Act, the Director shall not grant or continue to grant benefits to that household. No such expectation applies in the following cases:
i) where the spouse is unemployable for reasons of health, education, job opportunities and general inability to work;
ii) where the spouse must remain at home to care for the applicant or recipient or a dependent child because of the disability of the applicant or recipient; or
iii) where the spouse is in receipt of Old Age Security. Regulation 17(4,5)

Nova Scotia - Municipal

No specific definition of "family".

New Brunswick

A unit includes any person, group of persons or family which has applied for or is in receipt of assistance, and which is covered under one application. Regulation 2

When more than one application for assistance is filed by a group of two or more persons who are living together and who do not legally constitute a family, they may be grouped into one unit for social assistance purposes, with one applicant designated as unit head and the others as his/her dependents. Regulation 3(5)

Quebec

A family is composed of:

1. an adult and the children who are his dependants;
2. the spouses and the children who are their dependants or the dependants of either of them;
3. the spouses, where there are no dependent children. Act 5

A person
1. who is a child and who becomes a member of a family is deemed, for the purposes of last resort assistance programs, to be a member of that family from the month preceding that during which he becomes a dependant,
2. who is a child placed in a reception centre within the meaning of subparagraph k of the first paragraph of section 1 of the Act respecting health services and social services or in a foster family is deemed to become a member of a family from the month preceding the child's return to or gradual reintegration into that family under an intervention plan set up by a social service centre within the meaning of subparagraph j of the first paragraph of that same section,
3. who is a dependent child is deemed to cease to be part of a family from the third month following that in which he is placed in a foster family or in a reception centre, except where his return to or his gradual reintegration into his family begins during that period under an intervention plan set up by the social services centre,
4. who is an adult sheltered in a reception centre or in a hospital centre within the meaning of subparagraph h of the first paragraph of section 1 of the Act respecting health services and social services is deemed to cease to be part of a family from the third month following that of his admission to shelter,
5. who is an adult incarcerated in a penitentiary, in a house of detention or in any other prison or who is required to reside in a half-way house for the purpose of his reintegration into society is deemed to cease to be part of a family from the third month following that of his incarceration or detention, and
6. who is an adult or a dependent child and who dies is deemed, for the purposes of last resort assistance programs, to cease to be part of a family from the third month following that of his death. Regulation 2

Ontario - Provincial
No specific definition of "family".

Ontario - Municipal
A head of a family is a person who has charge of a household and who has one or more dependants therein. Since November 1984, either spouse may be designated as head of the family under the General Welfare Assistance Act. Regulation 1(a); Provincial contact
A person under the age of 18 is not eligible for assistance in his/her own right unless that person is a head of a family whose spouse is absent or where there are special circumstances that justify the assistance. Regulation 7(4)

Manitoba

"Household" includes a recipient or an applicant and any dependants. Soc. All. Reg. 1; Mun. Assist. Reg. 1

Saskatchewan

"Family" means a recipient and his dependants. Regulation 2(d.11)

Alberta

"Family unit" means an applicant or recipient and
(i) the person of the opposite sex
a) with whom the applicant or recipient is living and to whom the applicant or recipient is married,
b) with whom the applicant or recipient is living and has declared a common-law relationship for purposes other than for receiving a social allowance,
c) with whom the applicant or recipient is living in a conjugal relationship in the Director's opinion, or
d) with whom the applicant or recipient is living and has had a child or adopted a child,
and
ii) the dependent children, if any, who are living with the applicant or recipient or with the applicant or recipient and the person referred to in subclause(i)
but does not include a foster child and, for the purposes of determining the amount of a standard allowance or shelter allowance, does not include a child in respect of whom the maximum financial support payments referred to in section 2(1)(a) of the Post-Adoption Support Regulation are being made. Regulation 1

British Columbia

Where two or more people (none of whom is the spouse of the other) or two or more families share a common dwelling and state and indicate by their actions that they are not sharing their income and household responsibilities as in a marriage or a commune, the administering authority shall divide the actual shelter costs by the number of people occupying the common dwelling. Reg. Sched. "A", No. 8(3)
Where two or more adults share a common dwelling and one or more adults is (are) dependent, all the people sharing the common dwelling shall be deemed to be a family unit for the purpose of determining the amount of income assistance payable. Reg. Sched. "A", No. 8(4)

Yukon

An application for assistance on behalf of a family must be made by the head of a family. However, where an officer is satisfied that for good reason the head of the family cannot apply, he may accept an application from another member of the family or from another responsible person on behalf of the family. Regulation 4

Northwest Territories

The head of a family is the person who has charge of a household and who has one or more dependents therein. Application for assistance on behalf of a family must be made by the head of the family unless the social welfare officer is satisfied that the head of the family is unable, for a valid reason, to make the application. In such circumstances, application may be made by another adult member of the family, or by a responsible person outside the family. Regulation 1,3

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