Income Security Programs

Income Assistance

*NEW* A plain language Income Assistance handbook is now available for download.

Income Assistance Program

The Income Assistance Program provides Financial Assistance to Northerners to help meet basic and enhanced needs. The program encourages and supports greater self-reliance to improve the quality of lives.

The program provides a set amount for food, shelter, and utilities, and enhanced needs such as incidentals, clothing, allowances for seniors and persons with disabilities, child care, furniture, and educational assistance, depending on household income, size of family and community.

This program is designed for: 

  • Northerners who are 19 years of age or older
  • Have a need greater than their income
  • Participate in a productive choice, unless they are exempt

To apply you must complete an application for income assistance and provide identification and information on your finances to a local ECE Service Centre.

Policy Manual, Applications and Forms can be downloaded here.