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Social Assistance Payment Dates and Benefits 2024

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Social assistance programs in Canada provide financial support to individuals who cannot cater to their basic needs without some form of income support.

In addition to income assistance, Canada’s welfare programs also include supports to help eligible individuals find and keep a job.

There are specific social safety nets for individuals suffering from a disability or impairment that hinders them from working and earning an income.

This article covers provincial social assistance payment dates, benefit types, and how to apply.

Social Assistance in Ontario

Ontario’s social assistance program is offered through Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).

Ontario Works provides financial and employment assistance to residents in financial need. ODSP provides income support to eligible individuals who have a disability.

Social Assistance Payment Dates in Ontario

The table below shows the 2024 payment dates for ODSP and Ontario Works.

Benefit MonthODSP Payment DateOntario Works Payment Dates
January 2024January 31, 2024December 20, 2023
February 2024February 29, 2024January 31, 2024
March 2024March 28, 2024February 29, 2024
April 2024April 30, 2024March 28, 2024
May 2024May 31, 2024April 30, 2024
June 2024June 28, 2024May 31, 2024
July 2024July 31, 2024June 28, 2024
August 2024August 30, 2024July 31, 2024
September 2024September 27, 2024August 30, 2024
October 2024October 31, 2024September 27, 2024
November 2024November 29, 2024October 31, 2024
December 2024To be determinedNovember 29, 2024

How much is welfare in Ontario?

Your monthly income is based on your financial circumstances and household size. For example, a single person can receive $733 for basic needs and shelter allowance. A single person on ODSP receives up to $1,228 for basic needs and shelter.

How to apply for welfare in Ontario:

You can start the application online. For inquiries about the program, call your local Social Assistance Office.

Learn More: Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services.

Social Assistance in British Columbia

Social welfare benefits are available in B.C. as income assistance and disability assistance. To qualify for disability assistance, you must be designated as a Person with Disabilities (PWD).

B.C. also offers income support to Persons with Persistent Multiple Barriers (PPMB).

Social Assistance Payment Dates in BC

The payment dates for income assistance and PWD benefits in British Columbia in 2024 are:

Benefit MonthPayment Dates (Income Assistance and PWD)
February 2024January 17, 2024
MarchFebruary 14, 2024
AprilMarch 20, 2024
MayApril 17, 2024
JuneMay 15, 2024
JulyJune 19, 2024
AugustJuly 17, 2024
SeptemberAugust 21, 2024
OctoberSeptember 18, 2024
NovemberOctober 23, 2024
DecemberNovember 20, 2024
January 2025December 18, 2024

How Much is welfare in B.C.? You could get up to $1,060 per month in income assistance if you are single, or $1,483.50 per month for PWD benefits.

How to apply for welfare in B.C. You can start your application online. For inquiries, call 1-866-866-0800, or visit your local service B.C. location.

Learn more: B.C. Family and Social Supports and BC Income Assistance.

Social Assistance in Alberta

Alberta offers income support to eligible individuals so they can pay for basic living costs and necessities.

If you have a permanent medical condition that limits your ability to work, you may be eligible for Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) payments.

Social Assistance Payment Dates in Alberta

The list below highlights the likely payment dates for AISH and income support in Alberta in 2024.

  • December 2023 (payment for January 2024)
  • February 1, 2024
  • March 1, 2024
  • March 31, 2024
  • May 1
  • June 1
  • June 30
  • August 1
  • September 1
  • September 29
  • November 1
  • December 1

How much is welfare in Alberta? The basic living allowance for AISH recipients is $1,787 per month. For income support, a single adult may receive up to $919 per month.

How to apply for welfare in Alberta: You can start your application online (income support) or here (AISH). For inquiries, call 1-877-644-9992 (toll-free).

Learn more: Alberta Income Support Program.

Related: Alberta Seniors Benefit Program.

Social Assistance in Manitoba

The social assistance program (Employment and Income Assistance – EIA) in Manitoba is divided into three categories:

  • EIA for single parents
  • EIA for persons with a disability
  • EIA for general assistance

Manitoba EIA Payment Dates

EIA payments through direct deposit are available on the following dates:

Benefit MonthMB EIA Payment Date
January 2024January 29, 2024
Fecruary 2024February 27, 2024
March 2024March 27, 2024
April 2024April 26, 2024
May 2024May 29, 2024
June 2024June 26, 2024

How much does social assistance pay in Manitoba? A single adult could receive the monthly payments below depending on their circumstances (combined with federal benefits):

  • EIA General Assistance: $796
  • EIA Single Parent: $948
  • EIA Persons with Disability: $1,093

How to apply for welfare in Manitoba: You can start applying for EIA benefits online. For inquiries, call 204-948-4000 (Winnipeg) or 1-855-944-8111 (toll-free).

Learn more: MB Employment and Income Assistance.

Social Assistance in Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan offers several financial assistance programs:

  • Saskatchewan Employment Supplement (SES)
  • Saskatchewan Assistance Program (SAP)
  • Saskatchewan Income Support (SIS)
  • Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID)
  • Transitional Employment Allowance (TEA)

The SIS program replaces SAP and TEA, which have been phased out.

Saskatchewan Social Assistance Payout Dates

The payment dates for Saskatchewan Income Support and Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability program are:

SAID Payment DatesSIS Payment Dates
December 28December 28
January 30January 30
February 27February 27
March 30March 30
April 27April 27
May 30May 30
June 29June 29
July 28July 28
August 30August 30
September 28September 28
October 30October 30
November 29November 29

How much does social assistance pay in Saskatchewan? For a single person on SIS, the monthly combined basic and shelter benefit is $810 – $860. SAID benefit rates vary depending on your location (from $931 – $1,064 for a single adult).

How to apply for welfare benefits in Saskatchewan: You can apply online. For inquiries, call 1-866-221-5200.

Learn more: Saskatchewan Family and Social Support.

Related: Saskatchewan Tax Brackets and Rates.

Social Assistance in Quebec

Social assistance programs in Quebec include the Social Assistance Program and Social Solidarity Program.

The Social Assistance Program provides “last-resort” financial support until you can re-enter the workforce.

The Social Solidarity Program provides financial assistance to individuals who suffer from severe physical or mental conditions that limit their ability to work.

Social Assistance Payment Dates in Quebec

Welfare benefits in Quebec are paid on the following dates in 2024:

  • February 1, 2024
  • March 1, 2024
  • March 31
  • May 1
  • June 1
  • June 29
  • August 1
  • September 1
  • September 29
  • November 1
  • December 1
  • December 28

How much does social assistance pay in Quebec? For a single adult who is eligible for the Social Assistance Program and has no limited capacity for employment, the basic benefit is $887 per month.

Additional benefits may apply depending on your situation.

How to apply for welfare benefits in Quebec: You can check your eligibility online and complete the application forms. For inquiries, call 514-873-4000 (Montreal) or 1-877-767-8773 (toll-free).

Learn more: Quebec Social Assistance and Social Solidarity.

Social Assistance in Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia’s Employment Support and Income Assistance offers eligible individuals money for basic needs, special needs, and support for getting a job.

The province also has a Disability Support Program.

Nova Scotia Income Assistance Payment Dates

Benefit MonthPayment Dates 
JanuaryDecember 27, 2023
FebruaryJanuary 29, 2024
MarchFebruary 27, 2024
AprilMarch 26, 2024
MayApril 26, 2024
JuneMay 29, 2024
JulyJune 26, 2024
AugustJuly 29, 2024
SeptemberAugust 28, 2024
OctoberSeptember 25, 2024
 NovemberOctober 29, 2024
DecemberNovember 27, 2024

How much does income assistance pay in Nova Scotia? A single adult receives up to $686 per month for the standard household rate. A single adult who is eligible for the Disability Support Program (DSP) receives up to $950/month for the standard household rate.

How to apply for welfare in Nova Scotia: You can apply for income assistance at your local office or call 1-877-424-1177.

Learn more: Nova Scotia Department of Community Services.

Related: Sales Taxes by Province.

Social Assistance in New Brunswick

The Social Assistance Program in New Brunswick provides financial help to residents who cannot meet their basic needs.

It includes basic social assistance benefits and extended benefits for individuals with a qualifying disability.

New Brunswick Welfare Payment Dates and Amounts

Direct deposit payments are made on the first day of each month.

If the first day falls on a weekend or holiday, the payment is made on the last business day of the previous month.

How much does social assistance pay in New Brunswick? A single adult receives $593 monthly under the Transitional Assistance Program. For a single adult with a long-term disability under the Extended Benefits Program, the amount is $732/month.

How to apply for welfare in New Brunswick: Contact the Department of Social Development at 1-833-733-7835.

Learn more: NB Social Assistance Program.

Related: New Brunswick Tax Brackets and Rates.

Social Assistance in Newfoundland and Labrador

Eligible residents of NL receive income support benefits, including basic and non-basic financial support.

The basic benefit caters to daily needs (food, utilities, clothing, etc.) and shelter (rent or mortgage).

Social Assistance Payment Dates and Amounts in NL

Income support benefits are generally issued twice a month and may vary depending on your circumstances.

Payments occur by direct deposit, or you can receive a cheque by mail.

How much does income support pay in NL? A single individual living with relatives gets $339 monthly basic income support or $561 if living with non-relatives or maintaining a household.

Other monthly basic rates include up to $372 for rent or mortgage and up to $132 for fuel supplement.

How to apply for income support in NL: You can call the following numbers based on your location:

  • Avalon region: 1-877-729-7888
  • Central region: 1-888-632-4555
  • Western region: 1-866-417-4753
  • Labrador: 1-866-449-3144

Alternatively, you can contact 1-877-292-4205 TTY for all regions.

Learn more: Newfoundland and Labrador Income Support.

Social Assistance in Prince Edward Island

The Social Assistance Program in PEI provides income support to individuals and families who cannot pay for basic necessities.

Residents living with disabilities may be eligible for AccessAbility Supports.

Social Assistance Payment Dates and Amounts in PEI

The 2024 payment dates for social assistance in Prince Edward Island are not available online.

The amount of money you receive depends on your financial situation, family size, and whether you own a home or are renting.

How to apply for welfare in PEI: Contact the Social Assistance Program toll-free at 1-877-569-0546.

Learn more: PEI Social Assistance Program.

Social Assistance in Nunavut

Eligible Nunavummiut can apply for Social Assistance Benefits at their local Income Assistance Office.

A single person gets a monthly basic allowance ranging from $682 to $782, depending on their location.

For inquiries, call:

  • Qikiqtani: 867-473-2615 (1-800-567-1514)
  • Kivalliq: 867-645-5040 (1-800-953-8516)
  • Kitikmeot: 867-983-4032 (1-800-661-0845)

Learn more: Nunavut Income Assistance.

Social Assistance in Yukon

Yukon Social Assistance program is governed by the Social Assistance Act.

To apply, you must set up an intake appointment with a social worker at a Social Assistance Office.

Individuals who are eligible for social assistance may also be eligible for the Yukon Supplementary Allowance, which is $250 per month.

For inquiries, call 867-393-5674.

Learn more: Yukon Legal and Social Supports.

Social Assistance in the Northwest Territories

Northerners can apply for the Income Assistance Program if they are 19 years or older, have a serious financial need, and participate in productive choices (unless exempt).

You can submit an application at an ECE Service Centre in your region (Beaufort Delta, Dehco, North Slave, South Slave, and Salitu).

For general inquiries about Income Security Programs, call 867-767-9355 or 1-866-973-7252 toll-free.

Learn more: NWT Income Assistance Program.

What is Social Assistance in Canada?

Social assistance provides income support to individuals when they have no other resources to meet their basic needs, i.e. food, clothing, and shelter.

Each province and territory has its own income support programs and legislation that guides how they are implemented.

Social assistance for residents of Indigenous communities is managed by Indigenous Services Canada.

In general, the amount of money you receive depends on your financial position (income and assets), the size of your family, and whether or not you have a qualifying disability.

Related: Minimum Wage in Canada.

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