Income Assistance in Nova Scotia

In Nova Scotia, social assistance is called Employment Support and Income Assistance (ESIA), which replaced the Family Benefits Program and Municipal Social Assistance in 2001.

There were 26,600 cases (families and single adults) in Nova Scotia’s Employment Support and Income Assistance program in March 2017, and 37,700 beneficiaries, (individual claimants, their partners, and dependent children).

These numbers fell rapidly during the mid-2000s but have remained stable for most of the last decade.

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Individuals with a disability in Nova Scotia receive three thousand dollars ( 2014 dollars) less than benefits received in 1989.



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