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Saskatchewan Income Support (SIS)

ATTENTION INCOME ASSISTANCE CLIENTS

All Income Assistance clients will continue to receive their benefits.

Effective March 19, 2020, Income Assistance has lessened reporting requirements across all of its programs. This means that if a client is late reporting certain information, Income Assistance will still process the payment so that the client receives it on or before April 1, 2020. This is a temporary measure in place to respond to the current situation.

If you need assistance, you can apply online at saskatchewan.ca/income-support. If you can't apply online or if you need immediate help, please call the Client Service Centre at 1-866-221-5200 or your local Income Assistance office. We ask for your patience, as we are getting a very high number of calls.

A "call back' option is typically available between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. without clients losing their place in the queue.

To minimize in-person contact, please do not come into our offices unless it is an emergency and you are unable to call your worker, or you are asked to come in.

We realize this is a difficult time. We are continuing to work hard to meet your needs.

For up to date information on Coronavirus, visit saskatchewan.ca/coronavirus.

If you or your family need help to meet the basic costs of living due to low income or unemployment, you can apply for financial help through the Saskatchewan Income Support program.

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1. Benefits

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.

Employment Incentives

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 $285 Adult Basic Benefit $350


Children's Basic Benefit $65/child

Shelter Benefit – includes rent, mortgage payments, utilities, taxes and all other shelter-related costs (monthly rate)

  Singles
Couples
(without dependent children)
Families
(1-2 children)
Families
(3+ children)
Saskatoon/Regina $575 $750 $975 $1,150
Remainder of the province $525 $650 $750 $850

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.

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2. Eligibility

Any person who needs financial help can apply for income support.

You may be eligible if the following apply to you (and your spouse/partner, if you have one):

  • you are a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident or have refugee status;
  • you are living in Saskatchewan;
  • you are 18 years or older;
  • you have no income or low income; and
  • you have explored every other reasonable way to support yourself, including employment, seeking child support, etc.
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3. How To Apply

You will need:

  • your Social Insurance Number (SIN) and your Saskatchewan Health Services number (HSN);
  • basic information about your spouse/partner or children, including SIN and HSN;
  • details about your income, such as pay stubs;
  • documents to verify your living situation, such as a rental agreement or mortgage statement;
  • a bank account in your name, including an individual or joint account;
  • a completed Direct Deposit Authorization form;
  • details of money available to you, including cash, money in the bank, investments, RRSPs, stocks, bonds, GICs, etc.;
  • details of items you own, such as property and vehicles; and
  • details on other benefits and/or pensions you are receiving.

You have 30 days from the day you submit your application to provide all the required information and documentation or your benefits may be stopped.

Applying as a couple

If you are applying as a couple, your spouse/partner must apply with you. A spouse/partner means:

  • you are married or in a relationship where you have lived with your spouse/partner for three months or more;
  • your spouse/partner is the parent of your child; or
  • your family, friends or the public would assume you are a couple.
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4. Apply

Required documents and forms to apply for SIS

To receive your benefits, please provide ALL of this information:

  • application form (completed online or over the phone);
  • Social Insurance Number (SIN) and Saskatchewan Health Services number (HSN) – if you do not have a valid HSN, please provide verification that you have applied;
  • information about your spouse/partner or children, including their SIN and HSN;
  • income information, such as pay stubs;
  • documents about your living situation, such as a rental agreement;
  • a bank account in your name;
  • a Direct Deposit Authorization form;
  • any money you already have, including cash, savings, investments, RRSPs, GICs, etc.;
  • details of items you own, such as property and vehicles; and,
  • any other benefits and/or pensions you are receiving.

The Service Level Screening must also be completed over the phone within 30 days of submitting your application. This screening helps us determine how we can best help you.

Apply online

To apply online, you need to:

  1. Sign in or register to create a Saskatchewan Account. You must have an active email address to apply online.
  2. Allow 25 minutes or more to answer all the questions and attach documents that verify your information, such as pay stubs, rental agreements, etc.
  3. You can access your online application 24 hours a day, save and exit at any time, and return within 15 days to complete and submit your application. After 15 days, your application will expire and you will have to reapply.
  4. Protect your identity: After you are finished, always remember to use the Sign Out function from your Saskatchewan account, clear history/cookies and close the browser completely.

Use these step-by-step instructions to apply online. Please note: the online application is currently unavailable in Internet Explorer. Please use another browser to apply online, such as Google Chrome.

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Apply by phone

Call Social Services at 1-866-221-5200 or TTY: 1-866-995-0099, or visit the nearest Social Services office from Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Social Services offices are closed on all public holidays.

Help with your application

If you need additional help to complete an online application, or if you do not have access to the internet or a phone, visit the nearest Social Services office where you can:

  • request help to complete an online application; or
  • access a computer or phone to complete and submit an application.
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5. Further Information (including: Questions and Answers)

Providing you with the right support

After you complete an application, we will ask you another set of questions about your health, education and employment history, etc. The information you provide will help us determine what service supports may best suit your needs as you move towards self-sufficiency to the best of your ability.

Maintain your benefit – Report a change in circumstances

It's important to report changes to your circumstances right away so you keep getting the right amount of money each month.

Changes can include:

  • finding or finishing a job;
  • changes to how much money you make or receive;
  • changes in your household size, for example, if you have a baby or start to care for a child or person who has a disability, you and your spouse/partner begin living together, etc.;
  • moving to a new address;
  • changes in your banking information; or
  • changes to your health, including family members.

How to report

Download the change of circumstance form(s) below and email the completed form(s) to income.supportss@gov.sk.ca.

If you've been paid too much

You will have to repay the money if you:

  • did not report a change right away;
  • did not report any money received from any source;
  • gave wrong information; or
  • were overpaid by mistake.

Do you have questions not covered here? See: SIS Questions and Answers

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6. Household Budgeting

A budget helps you decide how to spend your money. If you run into difficulties, a budget can also help you make changes to your spending.

Learn about the importance of making a household budget and the steps you can take to create one.

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