The actual amount of money you get will depend on your situation. If eligible, you will get a monthly benefit amount that reflects your circumstances. For example, if you:
- have a spouse/partner;
- have children;
- pay for a place to live such as rent or a mortgage; or
- live in a remote northern community.
Your circumstances are assessed every month so the amount you're paid may change.
Monthly Earned Income Exemptions
- Single – $325
- Couple without dependent children – $425
- Family – $500
Benefits and Rates
Basic Benefit – includes food, clothing, travel, personal and household items (monthly rate)
|Outside Northern Administration District
||Within Northern Administration District
|Adult Basic Benefit
||Adult Basic Benefit
|Children's Basic Benefit
Shelter Benefit – includes rent, mortgage payments, utilities, taxes and all other shelter-related costs (monthly rate)
(without dependent children)
|Remainder of the province
Health and Safety
Household Health and Safety Benefit up to $500 to help replace household items or set up a new residence due to a disaster or interpersonal violence.
An additional shelter Stabilization Benefit ($150/month) can be provided to support clients who have difficulty maintaining stable housing.
Short Term Emergency Assistance may be considered to address emergency situations that are unforeseen and when failing to do so would result in harm.
Prescribed Diet Benefit for clients whose medical conditions require additional nutritional supplements or food. The benefit ranges from $50 to $150 depending on the conditions.
Travel Benefit outside of community for medical purposes, at pre-determined rates for mileage, meals and shelter.
Alternate Heating Benefit ($130/month) can be provided for clients who reside in a household where natural gas is not accessible and are required to heat their home with an alternate heat source.
Change in Circumstances
Employment and Training Benefit ($140) to help with costs of starting a career or beginning a training program.
Children's Benefit ($400) for a parent who is not eligible to receive the Canada Child Benefit for food, clothing, household items, and other child-related costs.
Child Care Benefit ($30/day) to help in the short term when looking for employment or going to a job interview.
Relocation Benefit of $200 or $300 depending on household size to assist with moving costs due to health and emergencies, evictions for reasons beyond client's control, starting a job outside of the community or finding a more affordable place to live within the Shelter Benefit rates.
Travel Benefit outside of the community for job interviews or beginning training/employment at pre-determined rates for mileage, meals and shelter.
Security Deposit can be provided up to amount of the Shelter Benefit.
Funeral Benefits will be provided to support the costs of funerals.