Income Assistance Programs

Including the Social Assistance Employment & Training (SAET) and
the Income Support Transfer (IST) Programs

The Income Assistance Program provides funding 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 workforce.  The expected outcome is an improved quality of life through the reduction of poverty and hardship on Reserve and improved participation in an attachment to the workforce.

Social Assistance Employment & Training Program (SAET)

SAET is a new funding program that was previously administered as NCBR funding.  This Program was implemented in July 1988, and was a joint effort/provincial initiative that supported children and families.  At the time of implementation, there was an increase in the child tax benefit and a decrease in social assistance rates by the same amount.  An assurance was made by both governments that families on social assistance would not experience any loss in their total combined income.

Income Support Transfers (IST)

The prime objective of the IST Program is to increase individual and community self-reliance. Through the constructive use of these funds combined with funds from other sources; employment opportunities may be provided to those persons who would otherwise remain unemployed. Participants in the Project will have opportunities to acquire useful skills and become self-supporting. The Income Support benefits that would normally be paid out to the client are transferred to the Project to support the provision of salaries for the participant.