SOCIAL ASSISTANCE
AND
RELATED PROGRAMS

("SARP")

1994

(Archive copy for historical purposes only)

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ELIGIBILITY

Low Wage Earners

Newfoundland

An employed person may be eligible for assistance because of insufficient earnings from full-time or part-time employment. Prov. Contact

Prince Edward Island

Assistance in the form of an income supplement may be given to an employed person where he/she is likely to become a person in need because of insufficient income. Act 2(2)

Nova Scotia - Provincial

No special policy concerning eligibility of employed persons.

Nova Scotia - Municipal

In Halifax, applicants with wages from full-time employment or training allowances may be eligible for supplementation; applicants with part-time earnings or those whose earnings are from self-employment are not usually eligible for social assistance unless special circumstances warrant the Directors consideration. Policy 1.2.4

New Brunswick

Employed persons with incomes that are insufficient to provide for their basic needs are eligible for income supplementation up to the appropriate basic rate. Editorial Comment

Quebec

The head of a family or an individual who is working may apply for social assistance. Act 8, 13; Regulation 53

Ontario - Provincial and Municipal

Low wage earners in Ontario may qualify under FBA or GWA for income supplements or free non-insured health services under the Supports to Employment Program (STEP); see section 3.2 for a description of STEP and section 5.3.6 ("Extended period of eligibility for assistance" - provincial and municipal) for further details. Section 1(4)(aa) of the General Welfare Assistance Regulation states that the definition of "person in need" includes a person who has a budgetary deficit by reason of the level of income from his or her employment.

Manitoba - Provincial

Persons in need on a long-term basis may receive Social Allowances whether or not they are working, provided they have a budget deficit. (see section 5.2.7) Editorial Comment

In the case of a person who is employed or has any other source of income, who has one or more dependents in need of special care, and who is not otherwise eligible for social allowances, an allowance may be granted only for the purpose of meeting the costs of special care. "Special care" means care provided to a dependent of an applicant in an approved welfare institution, or an approved nursery, or care provided by a nurse, housekeeper or homemaker in the applicants home or a foster home. Act 5(3,4)

Manitoba - Municipal

No special policy concerning eligibility of employed persons.

Saskatchewan

Assistance may be granted to a wage earner or a self-employed person who is found to be a person in need in accordance with the regulations. Editorial Comment

Alberta

A person working full-time or part-time who is awaiting a first pay cheque or whose earnings are insufficient may be eligible for assistance under the Supplement to Earnings category (see section 2.1)

British Columbia

The Ministry will supplement earnings of employed persons up to the limits set in the regulations in accordance with normal procedure. Editorial Comment

Yukon

Assistance is not granted to a wage earner or self-employed person engaged in full time employment, unless the Director is satisfied that extreme hardship would otherwise result. Regulation 7

Northwest Territories

Assistance may be granted to supplement earnings.
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