Welfare in Canada update (2020)

Posted on November 21, 2020 in Social Security Delivery System

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Maytree.com – Welfare in Canada
November 19, 2020.

Welfare in Canada update now available

Today, Maytree is releasing the latest Welfare in Canada report showing the total income households on social assistance would have received in 2019 (i.e., their income from social assistance alongside tax credits and child benefits).

The report looks at how welfare incomes varied across every province and territory for four example households in 2019:

  1. Single person considered employable;
  2. Single person with a disability;
  3. Single parent with one child age two; and
  4. Couple with two children ages 10 and 15.

Using data provided by provincial and territorial government officials, the report describes the components of welfare incomes, how they have changed from previous years, and how they compared to low-income thresholds.

Note: This report shows the total income households on social assistance would have received in the 2019 tax year. It does not reflect income support measures introduced in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Key findings for the provinces:

Welfare incomes for single persons considered employable were particularly low. Even the highest level amounted to just 51 per cent of the poverty threshold (in Charlottetown, PEI). Total welfare incomes in all other jurisdictions were much lower. The lowest was 32 per cent in Nova Scotia, for single persons living in Halifax.

Key findings for the territories:

In Nunavut, policy changes triggered an above-inflation increase in 2019 welfare incomes for all four example household types. In NWT, a specific policy change triggered a rise in the welfare income for single persons with a disability. Welfare incomes for the three other households in NWT and all four households in Yukon generally kept pace with the cost of living due to periodic annual increases in welfare amounts that is common practice in the territories.

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