SOCIAL ASSISTANCE
AND
RELATED PROGRAMS

("SARP")

1994

(Archive copy for historical purposes only)

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BENEFIT STRUCTURE
Social Assistance Indexing Provisions

Newfoundland

No regulation concerning social assistance indexing provisions.

Prince Edward Island

The Lieutenant Governor in Council shall review annually the rates of assistance contained in the Welfare Assistance Regulations to determine their adequacy in meeting basic needs or special needs of applicants or beneficiaries.  However, the rates of assistance are not increased automatically as a result of this review.   Regulation 17 (Editorial Comment)

Nova Scotia - Provincial

The Minister shall review annually the long-term benefit levels under the Family Benefits Schedule "B" Regulations (see section 7.1) and he shall increase those allowances by adjustment to the nearest dollar by such amount and at such time as is determined by the Governor in council.    Regulation 43

Nova Scotia - Municipal

Municipal social assistance rates are established and increased on an "ad hoc" basis by each individual municipality.   (Editorial Comment)

New Brunswick

Social assistance levels may be adjusted cumulatively each year, using as an approximate guide the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index for the previous calendar year.    Regulation 15(5)

Quebec

The scale of needs for the Financial Support Program (see section 5.1) shall be adjusted on January 1st of each year by applying the same adjustment rate as for Quebec Pension Plan benefit levels.  There is no provision in the Income Security Regulations for regular or periodic adjustment of benefit levels under the Work and Employment Incentives Program.    Regulation 7

Ontario

Manitoba

No regulation concerning social assistance indexing provisions.  In Ontario, the provincial government is responsible for rate adjustments to both the Family Benefits (provincial long-term) and General Welfare Assistance (municipal short-term) programs.  In Manitoba, the provincial government is responsible for rate adjustments under the Social Allowances program and for amendments to the municipal assistance rate structure under the Municipal Assistance Regulation.

Saskatchewan
Alberta

No regulation concerning social assistance indexing provisions.

British Columbia

No regulation concerning social assistance indexing provisions.  (Section 8 of the B.C. Guaranteed Available Income for Need Act, 1976, includes an indexing provision; however, this section has not been implemented).

Yukon

The Director shall review the assistance rates and report to Management Board on the review before the end of each year and include in that report recommendations about what changes, if any, should be made in the rates.    Regulation 30(i) - am. Jan `92

Northwest Territories

No regulation concerning social assistance indexing provisions.

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