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Transitional Employment Allowance (TEA)

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.


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.


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.


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.


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).


5. Further Information

Check the Standard Payment Dates Schedule

Check the payment dates schedule for income support programs such as the Saskatchewan Assistance Program (SAP), Transitional Employment Allowance (TEA) and the Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID) program to find out when payments are  typically issued. Please note that there may be custom payment dates for some individuals.

If your application is denied

  • You will receive a letter letting you know of the decision.
  • The letter will outline next steps for appealing the decision.
  • You have 15 days of being notified to appeal.

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