Social Assistance Employment & Training

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.

The main objectives of the Program are;

  • To help prevent and reduce child poverty
  • To provide employment incentives to ensure that low-income families with children become self-sufficient
  • To reduce overlap and duplication through the simplified administration of benefits to children

First Nations have the responsibility of planning, designing and implementing community projects for their unique needs of their communities.

Eligible activities may include;

  • Child Care programs – enhancements to existing daycare services, child care costs for the parents enrolled in employment or training programs
  • Child Nutrition programs – food hampers, meal programs for schools, daycares and support centres as well as provisions for educational programs geared towards nutrition
  • Support for Parents – early intervention, parenting programs, drop-in centres for parents & children, and parent and children activities
  • Home to Work Transition – employment and training programs, youth summer work programs and personal development workshops
  • Cultural Enrichment Projects – traditional teachings, supports programs for youth and children, such as traditional gatherings, cultural workshops and etc