The Ministry of Social Development announced a number of changes to income assistance policies. The majority of these changes will come into effect Oct 1, 2012. The exceptions are School Start-up changes effective July 3, 2012 and annualized earnings exemption for clients designated as Persons With Disabilities (PWD) and mandatory income tax filing, which take effect in 2013.
Some of these changes include a some positive changes for welfare recipients including an elimination of the previous time limits of 2 years out of 5 years, an increase in earning exemptions and a small increase of personal assets, as well as some beneficial policy changes for people with disabilities and families.
But the changes also include an increase from a three week wait for new applicants to five weeks.
See the website below for the full list of changes.