SOCIAL ASSISTANCE
AND
RELATED PROGRAMS

("SARP")

1994

(Archive copy for historical purposes only)

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Newfoundland

Before social assistance is granted, an officer of the Department may require proof of any qualifying circumstances, including age, residence, marital status, incapacity, assets and income, economic need and inadequacy of support. Regulation 25; Policy 131.05; Policy Appendix "A" p. 2
Since November 1992, initial home visits for new and re-opened cases for both short-term and computer pay assistance are not mandatory. Circular  SA-36-92 (11-92)
Prince  Edward  Island
An inquiry shall be made into the living conditions, financial resources and other circumstances of the applicant, his spouse and dependents; such inquiry shall be recorded on the appropriate form and filed with the application. Regulation 6(1)
Except in the case of emergency assistance, the applicant shall provide to the Director or his designate receipts for drugs, shelter, fuel, utilities, real property tax, fire insurance, items of special need and income for the past six months, and whatever other information is required to determine initial or continuing eligibility for assistance. Regulation 6(2)
Nova  Scotia - Provincial
An applicant for or recipient of Family Benefits shall provide such information relative to his living conditions, health and financial circumstances as the Director may require. Regulation 12, 13, 14(1)
The Director may require that an applicant or recipient provide evidence under oath to establish the proof of any fact relating to his/her eligibility for benefits. Regulation 15
During the initial home visit (max. 4-6 weeks following receipt of the application or re-application), the field worker shall ensure that all appropriate forms, including the Financial Information Consent Form, have been duly completed. Policy 05-03-01; 05-03-03
Nova Scotia - Municipal
In Halifax, the intake process for Municipal Assistance requires the applicant to provide written permission for the social worker to obtain any additional information required to determine eligibility for financial assistance and/or diagnostic services. Policy 1.1.6.2
New  Brunswick
The designated officer may cause an investigation to be made at any time with respect to the facts and circumstances of the initial and continuing eligibility of the applicant or recipient, his spouse and dependents for assistance under the Social Welfare Act. Regulation 6(1)
The amount of earnings declared by an applicant for assistance must be verified by his employer or by means of copies of cheque stubs. Policy p.50A
The applicant is expected to provide all information but, if necessary, checks may be made with banks, insurance companies and any source which could support an applicant's claim.
Quebec
To avail himself of a program, a person must apply therefor to the Minister and provide him with any document or information necessary to ascertain his eligibility, or that of his family, and to determine the amount of benefits and advance payments. The minister shall examine the application and render his decision with diligence.
Where the person refuses or neglects to provide relevant documents or information, the Minister may refuse to grant an application, reduce the benefits of an independent adult or of a family, or cease to pay such benefits. Act 62, 66
A person generally or specially authorized by the Minister to act as an examiner may, for the carrying out of this Act, require any information or document and examine and make a copy of such documents. In no case may an examiner be prosecuted for any act performed in good faith in the exercise of his functions. The Minister or any person whom he designates as an investigator may investigate any matter contemplated by this Act or the regulations. For the purposes of an investigation, the minister and the investigator shall have the powers and immunity of commissioners appointed under the Act respecting public inquiry commissions (R.S.Q., chapter C-37), except the power to impose imprisonment. An examiner or an investigator shall, on request, identify himself and produce a certificate signed by the Minister attesting his capacity. No person may hinder an examiner in the exercise of his functions. Act 70-75
Ontario - Provincial
Section 18(4) of the Family Benefits Regulation states that, at the request of the Director, the intake authority shall visit the applicant's home to inquire into the living conditions and financial and other circumstances of the household; the same regulation allows the Director to request a home visit for the verification of any circumstances pertaining to the eligibility of the household for assistance. The intake authority is also required to verify any statements made in an application for assistance. Regulation 18(4)(a,b,e)
A home visit may be conducted at the request of the client or with his approval. An applicant or recipient who refuses a home visit cannot be deemed ineligible for assistance, provided an alternate meeting place has been agreed upon. However, refusal by the client to meet with the worker or to furnish information to determine initial or ongoing eligibility, or as part of a random sample, may be considered grounds for ineligibility. Policy 0202-02 p.5.
Ontario - Municipal
In determining the eligibility of an applicant for General Assistance (see section 5.1), the welfare administrator shall meet with the applicant to enquire into the living conditions and financial and other circumstances of the household within one month of the issuance of assistance unless the is dispensed with by the Director (see Section 2.14). Regulation 9(10)
A home visit may be conducted at the request of the client or with his approval. An applicant or recipient who refuses a home visit cannot be deemed ineligible for assistance, provided an alternate meeting place has been agreed upon. However, refusal by the client to meet with the worker or to furnish information to determine initial or ongoing eligibility, or as part of a random sample, may be considered grounds for ineligibility. Policy 0406-02.
Manitoba - Provincial
Each applicant is required to provide such information and evidence in support of his application as may be required by the Director to determine his eligibility for a social allowance or general assistance. Regulation 3
Confirmation may be required for resources such as earnings, property, savings, UI benefits, pensions, disability benefits, etc. A signed authorization for release of information concerning the client should accompany all requests. Policy CO-11-02
Manitoba - Municipal
An applicant or recipient and his/her spouse shall provide such information and evidence in support of the application as the municipality requires to determine eligibility for municipal assistance. Regulation 4
In Winnipeg, visits to clients' homes are necessary to verify residence, to review continuing eligibility, to assess the adequacy of housing and to provide information and counselling. Where a client opposes such a visit, the appropriate supervisor will send a letter to the client documenting the refusal and encouraging cooperation. Policy p.27
Saskatchewan
Assistance shall be granted only where sufficient and satisfactory proof is submitted which establishes that the recipient is financially incapable of providing from his own means and resources for items of basic and special need as described in the Regulations or for any health reasons within the meaning of the Health Services Act. Regulation 8
Alberta
Clients may be allowed up to one month to provide substantiation of their need for assistance from the date of their application. Policy 03-01-06
The applicant may be required to sign forms authorizing the Department to verify potential eligibility for UIC or CPP benefits; in addition, a statutory declaration may be required where the applicant cannot substantiate statements concerning income. Policy 05-12-02
While recognizing the client's responsibility to provide information in support of an application, clients are not obligated to allow a home visit by a social worker or other person for the purpose of verifying circumstances; home visits can occur at the initiation of the worker and with the approval of the client. Policy 03-01-01
British  Columbia
An administering authority may require or seek verification of any information provided by a recipient. Should a recipient refuse to provide or permit verification, the administering authority may withhold benefits. Regulation  7(1)
Yukon
An applicant for assistance must consent in writing, on an approved form, to an investigation by an officer of his bank account or other assets. He must also, if necessary, give written permission for the officer to obtain any other information that may be required to determine eligibility. The officer must take any necessary action to verify the information obtained. Regulation 5(1), 6(1)
Northwest  Territories
Applicants for assistance must complete a form in which they agree that the Social Welfare Officer may contact their employer, banker or any other person to determine how much money they have made or have, while applying for or receiving assistance. Regulations Form 2
Every officer shall terminate assistance to a recipient where the recipient refuses or neglects to supply information required to determine the financial resources and other circumstances of the recipient that may affect eligibility for assistance or the amount of assistance payable. Regulation 16(1)(c)

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