Social Assistance programs provide financial benefits and services to individuals and families - resident on reserve - who are in need. Need is determined by the application of a means-test, and other applicable eligibility requirements.
The objective of the Social Assistance program is:
- To assist persons living on-reserve in maintaining a basic standard of living;
- To prevent dependency by developing individual and family strengths; and
- To assist clients to access services that will enhance their ability to assume primary responsibility for their own affairs.
When you apply for Social Assistance, you will:
- Submit an application;
- Have your eligibility evaluated based on the information provided on the application;
- Receive assistance/ benefits for which you qualify under Indian and Northern Affairs Canada regional policies; and
- Be informed of your responsibilities.
Wendy Jael - Social Development Officer / Housing Officer
Phone: (250) 963-8451 | Fax: (250) 963-6954 | E-mail
The Social Assistance Department is guided by a set of service standards. Respect and confidentiality are just two of these guiding principles.
When applying for Social Assistance, you will:
- Receive the information and support needed to correctly complete the application;
- Have your personal information treated as private and confidential;
- Be considered regardless of race, gender, color, creed, or political affiliation
- Be informed of your eligibility in writing upon request;
- Be able to appeal decisions concerning your application; and
- Be treated fairly while receiving prompt, courteous and efficient service.
When receiving benefits you have certain responsibilities to keep your Band Social Development Worker (BSDW) up-to-date on any life or household changes that may affect your benefits.
When you apply for and receive Social Assistance, you are responsible for:
- Completing all eligibility forms;
- Disclosing all required information such as providing copies of bills and rental agreements;
- Using all available resources and income to support yourself before applying for income assistance; and
- Promptly informing the BSDW of any personal or household changes that may change eligibility.
If you are able to work, you are responsible for:
- Working towards greater or complete independence from income assistance;
- Participating in available employability programs;
- Seeking work at all times; and
- Being available for all work you are qualified for at all times.
AANDC - Social Development Policy and Procedures Handbooks
Income Assistance Program
Assisted Living Program
National Child Benefit Reinvestment Initiative
Social Assistance provides temporary financial support to eligible clients in need. To receive Social Assistance, you need to meet specific criteria.
The following forms need to be completed to apply for Social Assistance:
- Application for Social Assistance (901-27)
- Budget and Decision Form (901-25)
- Consent to Release Information (901-23)
- Social Assistance Renewal Form (901-28)
Please contact us at: (250) 963-8451, to obtain copies of these forms. There may be additional forms to complete depending on your situation.
Training & Services Offered
The Social Assistance Program can help you with training to help you enhance your chance of finding work.