Assistance Rates Go Up

By: 

TAPS

An increase of $100 per month across the board for people on income assistance (IA), Person with Persistent Multiple Barriers (PPMB), and disability assistance (PWD) came into effect on October 1, 2017. The new monthly rate is $710 for a single person on IA, $807 for a single person on PPMB, and $1133 for a single person on PWD. The amounts for families in all of these categories have also gone up $100 per month.

The earnings exemptions have gone up $200 per month across the board for those on IA, PPMB and PWD, again, effective October 1, 2017. For people on income assistance the new monthly earnings exemptions are:

  • $400 for a single person
  • $600 for a family with children
  • $700 for a family with a child with a disability
  • $700 for a single person on PPMB
  • $700 for a family unit with a person who has PPMB designation

For people on disability assistance (PWD), the annual earnings exemption is now:

  • $12,000 for a single person
  • $14,400 for a couple where one is a person with a disability
  • $24,000 for a couple where both are persons with disabilities

For those on disability assistance, the new annual earnings exemption will apply to the current calendar year, retroactive to January 1, 2017. If a person has already reached the current maximum, they will be reassessed under the new exemption amount, and anyone who has already exceeded the previous exemption limit of $9,600 (for a single person on PWD) will be entitled to the new, higher limit.

If you have any questions about the new benefit and earning exemption amounts, please call TAPS at 250-361-3521.