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Social Assistance 2024 Payment Dates Across Canada

Written by Jessica Steer
In Canada, if you're not working and having issues meeting your basic needs, then you can receive social assistance payments, also known as welfare payments.
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    The Canada welfare program can not only help you meet your basic needs, but it can also assist you to obtain and keep a job in order for you to continue meeting and even exceeding, your needs. If you're unable to work due to disability or other reasons, there are also programs available to help you. It's important to note that many of these programs also offer employment support services to help you get back on your feet and sustain your success.

    Social Assistance and How it Works

    If you're unable to meet your needs (food, shelter, etc) and don't have a steady source of income, then you may be able to get social assistance. In order to receive it though, you do have to apply for social assistance. The requirements and documents needed do differ based on where you live. Each province and territory offers their own social assistance program. If you live in an indigenous community, then the social assistance will be managed by Indigenous Services Canada.

    Along with social assistance, there are disability assistance programs for those who have temporary, extended and even permanent disabilities. The application process for these programs is similar to that of social assistance programs.

    Social Assistance Payment Dates in British Columbia

    If you're in need of social assistance in BC, it's very easy to apply. You just apply online using the My Self Serve portal on the government of BC website. You can also apply on the phone or in person ask your local social assistance office. No matter how you choose to apply, you will be asked to provide:

    • ID (for you and your family)
    • Your SIN number
    • The amount owing on your vehicle
    • Your bank balance
    • Monthly payment amounts for rent and utilities
    • Your EI and WCB status
    • Any information regarding warrants
    • If you were sponsored into Canada

    Once you have provided that information then you just need to wait for a decision to be made. If you're approved, these are the amounts that eligible individuals could receive.

    • $1,060 per month for a single person
    • $1,650 per month for a couple (both on assistance)
    • $1,405 for a single person with 1 child
    • $1,845 per month for a couple with 1 child (both parents on assistance)

    The 2024 payments are given in the previous month. Here are the payment dates for social assistance in BC.

    Payment Month Payment Date
    February January 17, 2024
    March February 14, 2024
    April March 20, 2024
    May April 17, 2024
    June May 15, 2024
    July June 19, 2024
    August July 17, 2024
    September August 21, 2024
    October September 18, 2024
    November October 23, 2024
    December November 20, 2024
    January (2025) December 18, 2024

    If you aren't eligible for financial support through social assistance in BC, you could be eligible for hardship assistance.

    Social Assistance Payment Dates in Alberta

    The Alberta social assistance program is referred to as an income support program. The easiest way to apply is by doing so online on the Province of Alberta website. The information you will need to complete your Alberta income support application is:

    • ID ( for you and your spouse and dependents)
    • 2 bank statements for the 60 days prior to completing your application
    • Your direct deposit information
    • Letter from a doctor if you're applying for medical reasons

    Once the application is complete, it could take up to 2 weeks in order to receive a response. If you're severely disabled, the AISH (Assured Income for Severely Handicapped) program could be a good program for you. The amounts for each program differ. With AISH you can get up to $1,863 per month for a single person. With income support, you can get up to $959 per month. The payment dates for AISH and income support are the same and are listed below. Unfortunately, the 2024 payment dates are only available up until the end of February 1. The updated dates should be listed by the end of January.

    Month AISH Income Support
    January December 21, 2023 December 21, 2023
    February February 1, 2024 February 1, 2024
    March TBD TBD
    April TBD TBD
    May TBD TBD
    June TBD TBD
    July TBD TBD
    August TBD TBD
    September TBD TBD
    October TBD TBD
    November TBD TBD
    December TBD TBD

    Social Assistance Payment Dates in Saskatchewan

    Saskatchewan Income Support also referred to as SIS, provides a monthly benefit to those who need it. Unlike other provinces, there's no set amount. The amount of money that you receive monthly is based on your individual financial situation and where in the province you live.

    The potential amounts that you could receive are:

    • Basic benefit
    • Shelter allowance
    • Employment incentives
    • Health benefits
    • Safety benefits
    • Change in circumstance benefits

    When applying for the SIS, you can do so online or over the phone. What you need in order to apply is:

    • Your SIN number
    • Your spouse's information
    • Proof of income and monthly income amounts
    • An active bank account
    • Proof of residence
    • Information on any investments you have
    • Items you own (properties and vehicles)
    • Info on benefits and pensions that you receive

    Once you have the application complete, you have 30 days to provide the above information. If you have a disability, then the program you should apply for is SAID (Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability). Another program that's available for those who are working is the SES Saskatchewan Employment Supplement. These are all part of the Saskatchewan Assistance Program (SAP).

    Month Payment Date
    January December 28
    February January 30
    March February 27
    April March 30
    May April 27
    June May 30
    July June 29
    August July 28
    September August 30
    October September 28
    November October 30
    December November 29

    Social Assistance Payment Dates in Manitoba

    If you're looking for Manitoba social assistance, the process is a bit different than in other provinces. Applications need to be submitted in person, and an intake appointment is required. There are 3 different categories for their Employment and Income Assistance program:

    • EIA for Single Parents
    • EIA for Persons with Disabilities
    • EIA for General Assistance

    The exact amount of money that you receive is based on your individual needs. This includes how many people are in your household and if there are costs contributing to your ongoing health needs.

    The income and employment assistance payment dates are:

    Payment Month Payment Dates
    January December 28, 2023
    February January 29, 2024
    March February 27, 2024
    April March 27, 2024
    May April 24, 2024
    June May 29, 2024
    July June 26, 2024
    August July 24, 2024
    September August 28, 2024
    October September 25, 2024
    November October 29, 2024
    December November 27, 2024

    Social Assistance Payment Dates in Ontario

    In Ontario, you can get ODSP ( Ontario Disability Support Program) or Social Assistance (Ontario Works), depending on whether or not you have a disability. Both of these programs are meant to help those who need funds in order to meet their basic needs. For either, you can apply online or in person. You will need to provide:

    • SIN numbers
    • Birth certificates
    • Immigration papers
    • Tax returns
    • Banking information
    • OHIP cards

    The amount you could receive varies depending on whether you're a single person or a couple and how many kids you have. That said, the general amount on Ontario Works is $733 per month, and ODSP is $1,308 per month. The amount will then be adjusted based on your individual circumstances.

    Here are the payment dates.

    Payment Month Ontario Works ODSP
    January December 20, 2023 December 20, 2023
    February January 31, 2024 January 31, 2024
    March February 29, 2024 February 29, 2024
    April March 28, 2024 March 28, 2024
    May April 30, 2024 April 30, 2024
    June May 31, 2024 May 31, 2024
    July June 28, 2024 June 28, 2024
    August July 31, 2024 July 31, 2024
    September August 30, 2024 August 30, 2024
    October September 27, 2024 September 27, 2024
    November October 31, 2024 October 31, 2024
    December November 29, 2024 November 29, 2024

    Social Assistance Payment Dates in Nova Scotia

    Getting income assistance in Nova Scotia is actually pretty easy. You just apply over the phone or in person. You will need to provide your SIN number, bank account statements and any other documentation that helps your case worker understand your situation. Once you have applied you will also be required to show:

    • Tax assessment forms
    • Photo ID
    • Bills that show housing costs
    • Rental agreement

    Once you have provided all of the necessary information, it will be 3 to 7 business days before you find out if you're eligible and for how much. Like most other provinces, you will receive payments via cheque or direct deposit on your monthly payment dates.

    Month Payment Dates 
    January December 27, 2023
    February January 29, 2024
    March February 27, 2024
    April March 26, 2024
    May April 26, 2024
    June May 29, 2024
    July June 26, 2024
    August July 29, 2024
    September August 28, 2024
    October September 25, 2024
     November October 29, 2024
    December November 27, 2024

    While there are a few different amounts that you could receive, the standard household rates are:

    • $686 for a single person who rents/owns , $608 if you board
    • $962 for a person with one dependant who rents/ owns, $627 if you board
    • $1,013 for a person with 2 dependants who rents/owns, $668 for boarding
    • $1,342 for 2 people who rents/owns, $1,008 for boarding
    • $1,393 for 2 people with one dependant who rents/owns, $1,049 for boarding

    Social Assistance Payment Dates in New Brunswick

    New Brunswick has a few different programs for those who have difficulty making ends meet. The Social Assistance Program is the basic one. If you apply and meet the eligibility criteria then you could receive money monthly to help make basic living costs. They then have additional benefits to help with prescriptions, transportation and other costs. There is even a separate program for those with disabilities.

    When you apply you should provide:

    • Your mailing and residential addresses
    • Rent/ mortgage costs
    • Personal information for everyone in the household
    • SIN number
    • Medicare number
    • Income
    • Assets

    How much you receive will depend on which category you fall in:

    • Transitional Assistance Programs- This is the most common and for those who need help finding work or are temporarily unable to work due to medical reasons.
    • Transitional Assistance Single Employable - While there are some stipulations to this program, transitional employment allowance is mainly for those 55 and older, who will be unable to work for 6 plus months due to medical issues or single adults who still live at home. It also covers those who are at least 7 months pregnant.
    • Extended Benefits Program - This program is for those who are certified by the medical board as blind, deaf, or disabled.

    With these welfare benefits in Nova Scotia, you can receive your first payment within 2 days of approval. All payments are made on the first day of every month, making it simple to track your payments.

    Social Assistance Payment Dates in Quebec

    Quebec has two different programs: Social Assistance and Social Solidarity. Simply put, the Social Assistance program is for those who don't have severely limited capacity for employment. The Social Solidarity program is for those who do. Applying is as simple as downloading the forms online and then mailing them, or delivering them in person to the Services Quebec office.

    The exact amount you receive will depend on which program you're approved for, if you're temporarily at limited capacity for employment, a spouse of a student, receiving addiction treatment, or in one of the many other scenarios that will affect the amount you receive. That said, the basic amount for Social Assistance is $725 per month and the basic amount for the Social Solidarity Program is $1,102. The payment dates for each are as follows:

    Month Payment Date
    February February 1, 2024
    March Mar 1, 2024
    April Mar 31, 2024
    May May 1, 2024
    June Jun 1, 2024
    July June 29, 2024
    August August 1, 2024
    September September 1, 2024
    October September 29, 2024
    November November 1, 2024
    December December 1, 2024
    January 2024 December 28, 2024

    Social Assistance Payment Dates in Prince Edward Island

    When it comes to getting social assistance in PEI, the application process starts by calling the social assistance screening line and booking an intake appointment. At this appointment you will be asked to show:

    • ID
    • Citizenship if you weren't born in Canada
    • Bank statements
    • Direct deposit information
    • Proof of expenses
    • Utility bills
    • Record of employment
    • Pay stubs
    • PEI resident confirmation
    • Business financial records if you're self-employed

    There may be other documentation that you will be required to show as well. The amount that you get approved for monthly with social assistance will depend on the size of your household and your current income. That said, if you're approved then you're also automatically approved for the Provincial Dental Care Program and the Financial Assistance Drug Program.

    The dates that you will receive your social assistance payments are as follows. These are for 2023, the 2024 dates have not been updated yet.

    Month Payment Dates
    January December 31, 2022
    February January 31, 2023
    March February 28, 2023
    April March 31, 2023
    May April 28, 2023
    June May 31, 2023
    July June 30, 2023
    August July 31, 2023
    September August 31, 2023
    October September 28, 2023
    November October 31, 2023
    December November 30, 2023

    Social Assistance Payment Dates in Yukon

    Yukon social assistance is offered to its residents that can't afford to meet their basic needs such as food, shelter, utilities and clothing. Like many other provinces and territories, you do need to book an intake appointment with a social worker before you can complete your application. Where exactly you book your intake appointment depends on if you live in Whitehorse or outside of Whitehorse.

    The exact amounts that you receive for basic living allowance in the Yukon are dependent on your current financial situation as well as how many people are in your household. That said, if you're approved for financial assistance you could also receive their $250 supplementary allowance on top of your regular payments. The dates that you receive your social assistance payments is based on when you apply

    Social Assistance Payment Dates in Newfoundland and Labrador

    With Newfoundland and Labrador social assistance, there are two sets of benefits you could be eligible for. The first is the basic benefits that include the Family and Individual Benefit and the Shelter Benefit. Depending on your financial situation, you may also be approved for the second benefit, Non-basic Benefit which includes:

    • Property tax credit
    • Eye exams
    • Prescription glasses
    • Private childcare
    • Expenses for burials

    In order to apply for these benefits you can do so over the phone or in person.

    How much you will receive depends on your situation but here are some of the basic benefit amounts:

    Living with Relatives

    • Single adult - $339
    • Couple without dependant children - $674
    • Single parent with dependants - $559
    • Couple with dependants - $779

    Maintaining a House/Living with non-Relatives

    • Single adult $561
    • Couple without dependants - $794
    • Single adult with dependants $729
    • Couple with dependants - $779

    Other benefit amounts include:

    • Rent/ Mortgage up to $372
    • Fuel supplement (island) - $71
    • Fuel supplement (labrador) - $132
    • Cost of living allowance (coastal labrador only) - $150

    The payment dates for social assistance are the 1st and 16th of every month via cheque or direct deposit.

    Social Assistance Payment Dates in Nunavut

    The Nunavut income assistance program is meant as a last resort for those who need help making ends meet. In order to apply, you need to set up a meeting with your community Income Assistance Worker. If you're approved for this program, you could receive a basic allowance ranging from $682 to $782 for a single person.

    Social Assistance Payment Dates in Northwest Territories

    The Northwest Territories income assistance program is different from a lot of the other programs. This is because it's a month-to-month program. All applications and documents must be received within a given month in order to be eligible. How much you're approved for depends on your individual circumstances. Applications can be submitted to your local ECE service center.


    If you're having trouble meeting your basic needs, then a local social assistance program may be the option for you. If it isn't, though, there are plenty of other ways to receive some extra money. In Ontario, you can get some federal benefits from programs such as the Ontario Sales Tax Credit and the Northern Ontario Energy Credit. There's also the senior home heating subsidies and if you're a student, you can get student financial assistance through government student loans. Don't worry too much if you can't get approved for social assistance, but make sure you do your research in order to see what benefits and grants are available to you.

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