Social Assistance

1.1 Authority, Objectives

As a program of last resort, the purpose of the Income Assistance program is to:

  • Support the basic and special needs of indigent residents of First Nations reserves and their dependents; and

  • Support access to services to help clients transition to and remain in the work force.

The desired outcome of the Income Assistance Program is an improved quality of life through the alleviation of poverty and hard-ship on reserve, so that Income Assistance clients are employable and able to secure and/or maintain attachment to the work force.

1.1.2 Objectives

The Income Assistance program provides fundings to assist eligible individuals and families who are ordinarily resident on reserve with: basic needs, special needs, and employment and pre-employment measures designed to increase self-reliance, to improve life skills and to promote greater attachment to the work force. The expected outcome of the Income Assistance program is an improved quality of life through the reduction of poverty and hardship on reserve and participation in and attachment to the work force.

2.1.5 Clear Demonstration of Financial Need

The Income Assistance program provides financial assistance to eligible persons who are unable to meet their basic needs for food, shelter, and other personal needs essential to their health and well-being.

2.1 General Eligibility Rules

  • Canadian Citizenship or permanent resident status is required.

  • Client is living on reserve

  • 18 years of age or older.

**Please note the information listed here is a generalization of the Income Assistance program's objectives and eligibility.

To learn more, or to apply you will need to contact:

Social Development Director

Carla Gladue

Phone: 780-843-6249

Email: carla.gladue@whitefishadmin.ca