The Government of Canada has committed an additional $270 million to supplement the On-Reserve Income Assistance Program to help ensure that First Nations individuals and families who rely on Income Assistance will be able to cover their essential living expenses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) will provide assistance to individuals and families on-reserve by providing temporary COVID-19 funding (Basic Needs) of $300 per month per Income Assistance client retroactively for three months (April – June 2020).
This benefit is available to all Ontario Works clients who were on OW with our office for April, May and/or June 2020 – even if they are no longer on Ontario Works assistance.
As advised this benefit is to be used for essential living expenses during the COVID-19 period and could include expenses for:
We will be issuing the additional basic needs benefit this Friday, October 16th. Should you have any questions please contact your worker.
Take care and be safe!