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Financial Help for People Looking for Work

The Transitional Employment Allowance (TEA) provides financial support to people who are participating in pre-employment services, or those who are job-ready and seeking employment.

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1. Benefits

TEA provides a general living allowance, which includes things like food, clothing, shelter, and transportation. It is a flat rate benefit. This allows recipients to manage their benefits like a wage income.

The Transitional Employment Allowance Rates document will provide you with an idea of what benefits could look like.

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2. Eligibility

If you have a low income and are participating in pre-employment programs and services or are "job ready" and seeking employment, you’re eligible.

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3. How to apply

You will need to provide documents needed to support your application. Have them ready before you go to your application appointment, which will be booked after your initial application phone call to the Client Service Centre (see below).

The documents you'll need to bring with you include:

  • Shelter verification – documents to support if you are a renter such as your latest rent receipt;
  • Utilities – for example, include current or previous month’s bill for power;
  • Assets – current bank statement (bearing client name and account number); and
  • Income – a hard copy of all non-exempt income such as pay stubs for current and previous month.

Access the complete checklist to ensure you have all the documents needed.

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4. Apply

To apply for TEA, call the Client Service Centre toll-free at 1-866-221-5200.

A representative will take down your information and process your application. You will be notified of the next step(s).

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5. Further Information

The Ministry posts a Payment Dates Schedule to let recipients know when they can expect to receive payment in their bank account through electronic deposit.

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