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Welfare Rate Reports

Welfare in Canada 2013

Anne Tweddle, Ken Battle and Sherri Torjman, November 2014

This report focuses on the incomes of four different households living on social assistance, commonly known as “welfare.”  It is a continuation of the welfare incomes series published regularly by the former National Council of Welfare.

In 2013, welfare incomes for single employable households ranged from 36.1 percent of the after-tax poverty line in Manitoba to a ‘high’ of 65.0 percent in Newfoundland and Labrador.  Most of the other jurisdictions cluster around the lower rate.

Welfare incomes for single persons with disabilities, while low, were slightly higher, ranging from 49.3 percent of the poverty line in Manitoba to 70.5 percent in Ontario.  Alberta provides a separate program (AISH, or Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped) for persons with disabilities, which pays higher rates than the standard welfare program.  In 2013, incomes of single persons on AISH came to 98.3 percent of the after-tax LICO, far higher than the 50.5 percent for persons with disabilities on standard welfare.

The above link will bring you to the full report by the Caledon Institute of Social Policy.


About 60,000 Manitobans receive some form of EIA assistance. While it helps prevent desperate poverty, there is a sense that it is not enough to help people live a decent lifestyle nor to get out of poverty. This options reports looks at some possibilities for change.


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EIA Rate Review

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