The provincial government has announced a new social assistance plan that will replace the current Saskatchewan Assistance Program (SAP) and Transitional Employment Allowance (TEA) programs. The new plan, Saskatchewan Income Support (SIS). The newly-crafted program has the government boasting of a "simpler, transparent, client-friendly" program for people. The SIS program consists of two "core benefits." The basic benefit covers things like food, clothing and household needs. The shelter benefit covers rent and utilities.
Changing when and how people get their monthly income-assistance payments could ease the spike in drug use that’s typically seen around “cheque day,” suggests a new study from the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU). The findings — which are being presented next week at the 2019 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of B.C.
The Government of Canada and Métis Nation have taken significant action to ensure Métis people have greater opportunities for employment and can achieve lifelong prosperity for themselves, their families and their communities. Working in partnership is the best way to ensure better outcomes for Métis people.
The stress of a disaster such as the spring flooding being experienced in parts of Quebec, including the West Island, can lead to psycho-social trauma. Precious possessions ruined. Losing your home with no insurance coverage. Missing work or school. All sense of normalcy tipped on its ear. It can be overwhelming. Depression sets in. Anger swells. Where should people turn for help?
The province has picked Kamloops for a pilot project to help modernize the emergency social services program.
Emergency Management B.C. is working to digitize and modernize the current emergency services program, a City of Kamloops media release says.
Emergency Social Services provides short-term assistance to people who are forced from their homes due to fires, floods or other emergencies. Some of the services offered include food, lodging, clothes, emotional support and reuniting families.
The Canadian government has introduced a new parental sharing benefit this month (March 2019), to enable birth, adoptive and same-sex parents to share childcare responsibilities more equally. The Employment Insurance (EI) parental sharing benefit, which was initially announced during Canada’s 2018 Budget, became effective from 17 March 2019. This increases the standard duration of parental benefits from 35 weeks to 40 weeks, and lengthens the extended duration of parental benefits from 61 weeks to 69 weeks.
B.C.’s NDP government recast 18 months worth of its accomplishments on housing, child care and social assistance on Monday into a newly titled poverty reduction plan that left advocates looking for bold action disappointed.
Vancouver city council on Thursday unanimously approved a rezoning application that clears the way for a large detox and social housing complex in east Vancouver.
The approval came after a two-day public hearing that saw dozens of speakers give support and voice opposition to the project, which is being touted as the largest of its kind in B.C. and is designed to address the twin affordability and addiction crises.