After you are approved for income assistance, you will receive:
- An income assistance rate based on your situation and the size of your family unit. For example, you could get:
- Up to $610.00 if you are single
- Up to $877.22 if you and your spouse are both on assistance
- Up to $1,101.06 if you and your spouse are both on assistance and have two children
- Premium-free medical services plan coverage
- No-deductible PharmaCare prescription coverage
Depending on your circumstances, you may also get other expenses covered. If you have children, you’ll keep basic health coverage. This includes premium-free medical services plan and 100 per cent coverage under PharmaCare for a full year after you leave income assistance for employment.
*Note: Effective October 1, 2017 (September 20, 2017 payment), people on income assistance will receive $100 more each month. The new monthly income assistance rate will be $710 per single person.
Effective October 1, 2017 (September 20, 2017 assistance payment), the earnings exemption for people on income assistance will increase by $200 each month.
The new earnings exemption will be:
- For a single person receiving income assistance: $400 a month, up from $200
- For families with children: $600 a month, up from $400
- For families with a child with a disability: $700 a month, up from $500
- For a person in the Persons with Persistent Multiple Barriers category: $700, up from $500
What You Need to Do Each Month
Action Your Employment Plan
If you are on income assistance and able to work, you will have to complete an employment plan. The activities in your plan will help you become self-supporting, if you are able.
In certain circumstances, you may not have to seek work while on income assistance. If you think you shouldn’t have to complete an employment plan, call 1 866 866-0800 or visit your local office.
Some people can't work because they have persistent and multiple barriers to employment. If this applies to you, you might be able to get extra support while you’re on income assistance.
Submit Your Monthly Report
When you are on income assistance, you must complete the monthly report form each month. This form is also known as the “cheque stub”. It is due by the fifth of each month.
The monthly report is a legal document that tells the government you are still in need. We’ll verify the information with private, provincial and federal agencies. We'll then use this information to determine your eligibility or the amount of your next assistance cheque.