SOCIAL ASSISTANCE
AND
RELATED PROGRAMS

("SARP")

1994

(Archive copy for historical purposes only)

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ADMINISTRATION

Legislation and Administering Authority

Newfoundland

The Department of Social Services administers social assistance under the Social Assistance Act and Regulations.

Prince Edward Island

Financial Assistance under the Welfare Assistance Act and Regulations is administered by the PEI Health and Community Services Agency on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Services.

Nova Scotia

In Nova Scotia, the provincial and municipal levels of government share responsibility for the provision of financial assistance to persons in need (see sections 5.1 and 5.2.3).

Provincial benefits to long-term cases are provided by the Department of Community Services under the Family Benefits Act and Regulations.

All references in this document to Nova Scotia Family Benefits Regulations relate to Schedule "B" Regulations (Schedule "A" Regulations have not been used for new cases since 1980 and currently affect less than 1% of the total FBA caseload).

Municipal General Assistance to short-term cases (and in other circumstances as noted in section 5.1) is administered under the authority of the provincial Social Assistance Act and Regulations.  Each of the 66 municipalities granting Municipal Assistance establishes rules and regulations governing eligibility, benefits and administrative procedures, subject only to minimum standards set by the province.

New Brunswick

The Department of Human Resources Development (formerly Income Assistance) is responsible for the administration of social assistance under the Social Welfare Act and Regulations.

Quebec

Both programs of last resort - the Financial Support Program and the Work and Employment Incentives program - are administered by the ministère de la Sécurité du revenu (footnote: 1) (Ministry of Income Security) under the authority of the Income Security Act and Regulation.

Ontario

Long-term assistance (see section 5.1) is granted by the provincial Ministry of Community and Social Services under the authority of the Family Benefits Act and Regulations.

Short-term assistance is payable by all Ontario municipalities and approved Indian Bands under the terms and conditions of the provincial General Welfare Assistance Act.

Manitoba

Long-term assistance (see section 5.1) is granted by the provincial Department of Family Services; the legislative authority for the program is the Social Allowances Act.

In accordance with relevant provisions in the Municipal Act and (as of April 1993) in the Municipal Assistance Regulation under the Social Allowances Act, each of Manitoba's 202 municipalities is responsible for the establishment of by-laws to provide financial and other assistance to persons in short-term need currently residing within its boundaries who are ineligible for Social Allowances.  Each municipality administers and delivers its own benefits under the Municipal Assistance Program.

Saskatchewan

The Department of Social Services administers Saskatchewan Assistance Plan benefits under the Saskatchewan Assistance Act and Regulations.

Alberta

The Supports for Independence Program is administered by the Department of Family and Social Services under the authority of the Social Development Act and the Social Allowance Regulations.

British Columbia

Programs for Independence (Temporary Assistance and Income Assurance) under the Guaranteed Available Income for Need Act and Regulations are administered by the Ministry of Social Services.

Yukon

Social assistance in the Yukon is administered by the Department of Health and Social Services in accordance with the Social Assistance Act and Regulations.

Northwest Territories

The Department of Health and Social Services is responsible for the administration of the Social Assistance Program under the authority of the Social Assistance Act and Regulations.

FOOTNOTES

1: Formerly the ministère de la Main-d'oeuvre, de la Sécurité du revenu et de la Formation professionnelle (Ministry of Manpower, Income Security and Skills Development).

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