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Saskatchewan launches new employment incentive program to aid low-income working families

by HR Law Canada

Saskatchewan has introduced a new financial assistance program for working families with lower incomes, known as the Saskatchewan Employment Incentive (SEI).

According to an official announcement, eligible families can now apply online for this initiative aimed at easing essential costs like transportation, clothing, and child care.

The SEI is designed to support working parents earning between $500 and $2,200 per month. These families may qualify for a maximum monthly benefit ranging from $400 to $600, based on the number of children in the household.

This program is part of the government’s efforts to make life more affordable for families in Saskatchewan. Social Services Minister Gene Makowsky emphasized the importance of this initiative, stating, “The Saskatchewan Employment Incentive helps low-income families choose and maintain employment by helping them with essential costs.”

The benefits of the SEI include a monthly financial benefit, supplementary health benefits, and access to discount bus passes where available.

Additionally, it connects families to employment supports through the Ministry of Immigration and Career Training and offers access to the Saskatchewan Housing Benefit through the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation.

Makowsky highlighted the convenience of the SEI’s online application and reporting process, which he believes will significantly aid many families. This new program replaces the Saskatchewan Employment Supplement and Child Care Subsidy.

Although both of these programs will remain available to existing clients for an additional 12 months, the SEI is expected to offer more comprehensive benefits and supports. The Ministry of Social Services will assist eligible individuals with the transition to this new system.

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