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Provincial-territorial government pages on the National Child Benefit and the Social Union:
For specific information about a particular jurisdiction, click on its name below - you'll be taken further down on this page.
Go directly to Federal, Provincial and Territorial
Intergovernmental Affairs Departments' websites
Related Canadian Social Research Links page: Council of the Federation
Social Policy Renewal and
The National Child Benefit (PDF file - 443K, 30 pages)
By Bill Warriner
The Scholar Series
[ Saskatchewan Institute of Public Policy ]
[ University of Regina ]
Hosts Round Table Meetings On Social Union Framework Agreement
See the Unofficial Social Union Page (national) page for more on the SUFA Three-Year Review
- A unique partnership of the Government of Canada, Provinces and Territories
and First Nations
This joint government website offers information about how the NCB works in each jurisdiction and in First Nations communities.
- incl. links to : What is the National Child Benefit (NCB)? - The Government of Canada's Contribution to the National Child Benefit Initiative - Programs in your jurisdiction - First Nations Reinvestments - Library - NCB Success Stories
Much of the content in the Library is from the Social Union website, but you'll also find some new information here about how provinces, territories and First Nations are spending their NCB money. The "Programs in your Jurisdiction" link provides information on all NCB initiatives and links to related information on other websites.
An Oldie Goldie...
Security for Children: A Supplementary Paper
- 111K, 25 pages
Related Links :
Social Security in Canada : A Discussion Paper
Reforming the Canada
Assistance Plan: A Supplementary Paper (1994)
- 121K, 46 pages
to the Clawback of the
National Child Benefit Supplement - involving both the Ontario and federal governments
December 10, 2004
"Today the Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC), the Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA) and the Charter Committee on Poverty Issues (CCPI), have formally launched a legal challenge to the clawback of the National Child Benefit Supplement from families on social assistance. The Applicants are three single parents who have been struggling on OW or ODSP to make ends meet, without the benefit of the NCBS. They live in Timmins, Port Colborne and Toronto. Counsel for this application are Kate Stephenson from WeirFoulds and Cynthia Wilkey from ISAC. Both the Federal Government and the Province of Ontario will be served today with an Application under Rule 14 claiming that the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Agreement to claw back the NCBS and the Regulations that implement the clawback in Ontario violate both s.7 and s.15 of the Charter."
Release (Word doc., size 88 kb)
Backgrounder (Word doc., size 31 kb)
Ontario Project for Inter-Clinic Community Organizing (OPICCO)
Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)
- Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA)
- Charter Committee on Poverty Issues
fighting welfare cheque clawback
Call on McGuinty to end deduction of benefit
Threaten Ontario with constitutional challenge
November 18, 2004
"When the rent is $775 and total income is $1,334, an extra $226 would make a huge difference.That's the extra benefit the federal government pays each month to Toronto's Dave Lance, 24 and the father of 2 1/2-year-old twin boys. And that's the amount the Ontario government deducts each month from his welfare payment. The clawback has been controversial since the national child benefit program was introduced by the federal government in 1997 with the stated objective of preventing and reducing child poverty. While all Ontario families with an income of less than $22,615 receive the national child benefit supplement of $126 a month for the first child and decreasing amounts for subsequent children, only working families are allowed to keep it. Parents on social assistance or a disability pension are out of luck Municipalities across Ontario have called for an end to the clawback and Premier Dalton McGuinty, while in opposition, promised he'd get rid of it. Now, a year after McGuinty was elected, anti-poverty advocates say it's time he kept his word.And if he doesn't, they warn, they'll take legal action.
The Toronto Star
Resources and Employment initiatives to support low income families in 2002-03
"An increase in the Newfoundland and Labrador Child Benefit and the expansion of the Support Applications Program are the latest initiatives of the Department of Human Resources and Employments ongoing priority to improve supports for families with children. Over the last fiscal year, HRE has implemented a number of programs, services and policies to better meet the needs of families in Newfoundland and Labrador."
New initiatives to benefit low income families with children
March 27, 2003
"...Five additional support application workers will be added to the current 15 who deliver the Support Application Program [assist parents to secure appropriate child support from absent partners] in the province. (...) The other initiative is an adjustment to the Newfoundland and Labrador Child Benefit (NLCB) to increase the benefit rate for the first child by $12 annually to $216 from $204."
Government to invest $500,000 in child nutrition
March 27, 2003
"...Budget 2003 is contributing $500,000 to the Kids Eat Smart Foundation. This will assist the foundation in their program of starting and sustaining breakfast, lunch and snack programs in schools and community centres throughout our province."
Minister applauds federal governments commitment to children and low-income families
October 1, 2002
Human Resources and Employment
"Ralph Wiseman, Minister of Human Resources and Employment, today applauded the Government of Canadas long-term commitment to support low-income families as outlined in yesterdays Speech from the Throne. The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is fully committed to ongoing actions on the issue of child poverty and continues to make these programs a priority."
- scroll to the bottom of the news release to find...
Backgrounder : Key Highlights of the Government of Newfoundland and Labradors initiatives to address child poverty in the province (incl. NCB and ECD initiatives)
National Child Benefit Progress Report released
June 4, 2002
Changes to NLCB help low income families
March 21, 2002
"For the second consecutive year, low income families with children will be able to earn more money and still qualify for the Newfoundland and Labrador Child Benefit (NLCB)."
to reducing child poverty in province
December 7, 2001
- includes a brief snapshot of almost a dozen initiatives to address child poverty - social assistance redesign, the Newfoundland and Labrador Child Benefit, Early Childhood Development and other health and literacy programs for children
Families to receive increase in Newfoundland and Labrador Child Benefit
June 29, 2001
$36.6 million for early childhood development initiatives
June 18, 2001
Ministerial Statement - Newfoundland and Labrador Child Benefit
May 24, 2001
"...more families will be eligible for the full benefit, the income level at which the partial benefit ceases will be higher, and overall more families will receive full or partial coverage..."
Newfoundland and Labrador Child Benefit (NLCB) - under the National Child Benefit initiative
National Child Benefit Progress Report - (Minister's Statement) - May 1, 2001
From the 2001-2002 Budget - March 22, 2001:
- NLCB increase good news for low income families
- Early Childhood Development a priority for government
Minister pleased with release of National Children’s Agenda Report - Municipal and Provincial Affairs
June 23, 2000
Single Parent Employment Support Program - Backgrounder
March 22, 2000
Investing in people remains top priority
March 22, 2000
Department of Human Resources and Employment Minister's Statement on the Single Parent Employment Support Program
November 30, 1999
Newfoundland and Labrador Child Benefit - Statement by the Minister of Human Resources and Employment
May 25, 1999
Help for low income families
May 25, 1999
Single Parent Employment Support Program and Women Interested in Successful Employment
The National Child Benefit Progress Report: 1999 Ministerial Statement
May 17, 1999
Statement of the Minister of Health and Community Services concerning the National Children's Agenda Vision paper
May 10, 1999
Federal, provincial and territorial governments launch dialogue process for National Children's Agenda
May 7, 1999
$1.25 million Funding for Family Resource Centres and Family Home Child Care Agencies
March 31, 1999
Minister announces income support and employment initiatives
March 22, 1999 - includes info about Extended Drug Card Coverage (NCB Reinvestment)
Good progress in social union negotiations
January 12, 1999
Drug card coverage provides support to low income families entering work force
Province unveils poster symbolizing efforts to reduce child poverty
New funds for National Child Benefit
May 25, 1998 - includes 1998 welfare reform information
National Child Benefit (Minister's Statement, April 6/98)
Program helps single parents prepare for employment
September 28, 1998
Government reinvesting $10.15 million in children and families
Minister announces new income support and employment initiatives
March 26, 1998
Newfoundland and Labrador SUFA Mobility Reports
- incl. links to 2001 and 2002 reports
Prince Edward Island
our children through community research in Prince Edward Island (November
Premier's Council on Healthy Child Development Releases First Annual Report (November 15, 2001)
For Our Children: A Strategy for Healthy Child Development
Family Health Benefit Program
Province increases assistance to families with prescription drug costs
May 1, 2001
Prince Edward Island participates in National Children's Agenda
May 10, 1999
Province Introduces New Programs for Children and Families
PEI SUFA Mobility Report
Scotians Receiving Full National Child Benefit (December 13, 2002)
Province Announces Early Childhood Funding (November 27, 2001)
Family Assistance Program (August 27, 2001)
The National Child Benefit in Nova Scotia
Early Childhood Development Strategy For Nova Scotia
Child Care Funding Review Released (June 22, 2001)
Strategy for Early-Childhood Development Released (May 9, 2001)
and Families - Budget Bulletin (Nova
Scotia Budget 2001-02) (March 29, 2001) - Early Childhood Development Program
- Nova Scotia Child Benefit - Support for children with special needs
The National Child Benefit in Nova Scotia 2000-2001
Increase in Nova Scotia Child Benefit (July 6, 2000)
Budget Bulletin - The National Child Benefit in Nova Scotia (June 4, 1998)
New Child Benefit for Low-income Families (October 23,1998)
Nova Scotia SUFA Mobility Reports (from Intergovernmental Affairs)
Benefit Program launched - Jan. 17, 2002
This program is one of the initiatives included in the Early Childhood Development Agenda.
Launch of Children's Support Program - Dec. 12, 2001 (...one of seven initiatives of the Early Childhood Development Agenda (ECD) which will invest about $50 million in New Brunswick children over the next five years).
Budget estimates - Family and Community Services - April 10, 2001
Early Childhood Development Agenda - Backgrounders
- incl. links to : Child Witnesses of Family Violence - Community Capacity Building for Children and Families - Early Language Program for Preschool Children - Enhanced Child Day Care Services - Enhancements to Early Childhood Initiatives - Excellence in Parenting - Prenatal Benefit Program
Here's how the New Brunswick government is investing in families (PDF file - 300K, 2 pages)
Alternative child care assistance helps parents care for children (July 26, 1999)
What is the National Child Benefit?
New Brunswick SUFA Mobility Reports
Policy Matters : (you'll find links to the summary and complete text of each
of the studies by clicking "Social Union" on the Policy Matters page)
Restoring the Federal Principle: The Place of Quebec in the Canadian Social Union
Christian Dufour (January 2002)
Le modèle québécois de politiques sociales et ses interfaces avec lunion sociale canadienne (PDF file - 497K, 52 pages)
(contains a summary of the report in English)
Yves Vaillancourt (January 2002)
SUFA and Citizen Engagement: Fake or Genuine Masterpiece?
Susan D. Phillips (December 2001)
Power and Purpose in Intergovernmental Relations
Alain Noël (November 2001)
Shifting Sands: Exploring the Political Foundations of SUFA
Roger Gibbins (July 2001)
Without Quebec: Collaborative Federalism With a Footnote?
Alain Noël (March 2000)
Source : Institute for Research on Public Policy
of Fiscal Imbalance (Government of Quebec) - incl. links to the Commission's
report released March 7, 2002
"The Québec government set up the Commission of Fiscal Imbalance on May 9, 2001, to identify and analyze the basic causes of the fiscal imbalance between the federal government and Québec and to invite and collect opinions and suggestions from experts and stakeholders in Québec and elsewhere regarding the practical consequences of this imbalance and concrete solutions to put forward to correct it."
Bibliography - over 40 links to information (much of which is in English) by a variety of authors on CHST, CAP, Equalization, federal-provincial-territorial fiscal arrangements, transfer payments and economic and social policy issues.
An International Symposium on Fiscal imbalance that was to have been held in Québec City on September 13 and 14, 2001 was cancelled due to the events of September 11. The Symposium page includes links to the program and to notes from over a dozen presenters from 9 countries - some of which are extensive treatises of fiscal federalism and fiscal equilibrium.
Commission Publications - includes links to information on intergovernmental fiscal arrangments in Germany, Australia, Belgium, Spain, United States and Switzerland and three background papers, for example...
Federal Transfer Programs to the Provinces Background Paper for public consultation (PDF file - 208K, 49 pages) --- CHST-Equalization
HISTORICAL POSITION ON THE FEDERAL SPENDING POWER 1944-1998 (PDF
file - 160K, 42 pages)
Secrétariat aux Affaires intergouvernementales canadiennes
Direction des politiques institutionnelles et constitutionnelles
Ministère du Conseil exécutif
The Québec government has 2 types of allowances to help families:
The family allowance is intended to cover the basic needs* of children under age 18 in low-income families, taking into account the Canada Child Tax Benefit. The family allowance paid by the Québec government and the Canada Child Tax Benefit (paid by the federal government) complement one another.
* "These are needs from a taxation point of view: 3 900 $ for the first child in a single-parent family, 2 600 $ for the first child in a two-parent family, and 2 400 $ for each subsequent child, regardless of family type."
NOTE to National Child Benefit analysts : the family allowance component of Family Assistance Allowances replaces the children's portion of Employment Assistance (welfare).
Allowance for handicapped children
The allowance for handicapped children is for children who have an impairment or developmental disorder that significantly limits them in their daily activities for a period expected to last at least one year.
Not available in English:
sur l'union sociale : Analyses des experts (1999 - collection of 8 studies
on the Social Union)
- See Documents institutionnels et constitutionnels
(Secrétariat aux affaires intergouvernementales canadiennes)
[Gouvernement du Québec]
On the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services News Releases page, you can access government releases back to 2001.
Government makes record investments to help children and families in 2002
December 31, 2002
"Unprecedented investments aimed at improving services for children and families are among the key achievements celebrated by Brenda Elliott, Ontario's Minister of Community, Family and Children's Services today. In an annual review of the ministry's significant accomplishments, the opening of 42 Ontario Early Years Centres as well as a landmark investment in autism treatment for children demonstrates that the Ernie Eves government cares about and has made children and their families a priority."
- includes a backgrounder of accomplishments over the preceding year
Source : Ministry of Community and Social Services
Ontario's 2001 Report on Mobility under the Social Union Framework
Early Childhood Development Initiative: A Vision for Early Childhood Development
Services in Ontario (PDF file - 10 pages, 229KB)
April 9, 2001 - from Ontario Campaign 2000
spending for regulated child care, 1942-2001
See also Policy developments in Ontario, Fall 2001 for links to 9 articles, backgrounders and press releases on cuts to child care in Ontario.
Source : Childcare Resource and Research Unit
Parents To Receive Enhanced Child Care Benefits
July 23, 2000 - Ministry of Finance
and vision: Blending child care and early childhood education
Martha Friendly (Childcare Resource and Research Unit - Centre for Urban and Community Studies, University of Toronto)
June 2000 - SPR Monograph (20 pages)
Government launches Ontario's Early Years Centres and Early Years Plan
May 10, 2001 - "... a $114 million investment in programs and services to support young children and their families"
Every Child : Ontario's Early Years Vision (CFCS)
Backgrounder - includes detailed information on provincial government spending on a wide range of initiatives for families and children, from the Ontario's Early Years Plan to Services for Children with Autism, Children’s Mental Health - Early Years Capital - Injury and Family Abuse Prevention - Early Years Challenge Fund - Expansion of Early Literacy Agenda - Perinatal and Child Health Survey - and much, much more...
Child Benefit Reinvestment 2000 : Second Annual Ontario/ Municipal Report
Ditto for this link:
Child Benefit Reinvestment : 1999 Ontario Municipal Report - Details from
across Ontario on Municipal National Child Benefit Reinvestment Strategies
Help for Working Families Through Enhanced Child Care Supplement
December 6, 1999
Child Benefit Restoration : Helping improve circumstances
for Manitoba's low-income families (undated)
Funding for Early Childhood Development - April 26, 2001
"...increasing funding to create a comprehensive approach to provide support to families in the ‘early years’..."
- incl. child care centres and family child care homes - pass-on of the National Child Benefit Supplement - the Baby First Program - Parent-Child Centred Activities - Early Start
Child Day Care Here, Manitoba families can find out if they may be eligible for subsidized care in a licensed child care facility in Manitoba. They can also register as an online user, allowing them to fill out and submit a subsidy application online.
Manitoba Introduces Unique Prenatal Benefit Program - April 17, 2001
Budget Supports Families, Strengthens Communities April 10, 2001 [2001-2002 Manitoba Budget]
"...completely ending the claw-back of the National Child Benefit for hundreds of families on income assistance with children aged six and under...
Government Restores Increase to the National Child Benefit Supplement
Province Fulfils Promise to Phase Out "Clawback" (Eff. August 1)
July 27, 2000
Family Services and Housing Minister to Chair Ministerial Council
October 21, 1999
Increased Spending to Enhance Programs, Services for Children and Youth
National Child Benefit Reinvestments Support Lower-income Families
July 23, 1999
Province Releases ChildrenFirst Status Report
May 31, 1999
$1.5 Million More Announced for Training
Manitoba Invests in Children and Families
Manitoba to Invest in Children and Youth: Province Surpasses the National Child Benefit To Invest in Manitoba's Future
Investing in Children and Youth a Priority
Manitoba Reaffirms Commitment to National Child Benefit
offers children a better start
April 4, 2001
Saskatchewan Child Benefit (SCB)
Saskatchewan Employment Supplement (SES)
Family Health Benefits
Reducing Child Poverty
June 8, 2001
A study by the Canadian Council on Social Development (CCSD) provides more evidence that Saskatchewan's Building Independence program reduces child poverty.
Saskatchewan's Action Plan for Children
Increased Employment Supplement Benefits
June 1, 2001
Social Services Minister Harry Van Mulligen today announced increases to the Saskatchewan Employment Supplement
New Funding for Special Needs Children
May 31, 2001
Social Services Minister Harry Van Mulligen announced today the new funding will be provided under the provincial government's KidsFirst initiative
Program Offers Children a Better Start
April 4, 2001
Children benefit from Provincial Budget
March 30, 2001
Employment Supplement Numbers Growing (Saskatchewan Social Services)
December 11, 2000
Children Benefit from Federal-Provincial Agreement (Early Childhood Development)
September 12, 2000
Saskatchewan takes action for children and Aboriginal youth in conjunction with the Social Union Framework Agreement (December 17, 1999)
Families Benefit from Phase Two of the National Child Benefit (Saskatchewan Social Services)
May 14, 1999
Family Health Benefits help low income families (Saskatchewan Health)
April 7, 1999
$13.7 Million Announced for Saskatchewan's Children (Saskatchewan Social Services)
April 7, 1999
New Family Health Benefits Available - (Saskatchewan Health)
Aug. 18, 1998
Alberta Child Health Benefit
- Evaluation of the Alberta Child Health Benefit (October 2001)
parents leaving SFI keep health benefits (Oct. 30,
Protection of children involved in prostitution
Supports for Independence earnings exemption increase for families (November 14, 2001) - incl. funding under the NCB
Alberta Supports Low-Income Families Through the National Child Benefit
July 30, 2001
- includes a detailed backgrounder with rate calculation information
Alberta families benefit from the National Child Benefit
May 01, 2001
Alberta supports low-income families through National Child Benefit
July 20, 2000
- incl. information on Alberta reinvestments under the NCB
Alberta Boosts Spending on Children's Health, Daycare and Housing
July 19, 1999
Alberta Children’s Forum will set priorities for improving the lives of children and families
July 6, 1999
Alberta Child Health Benefit Expands
May 11, 1999
Alberta in Forefront of National Children's Agenda
May 7, 1999
More subsidies for child care
Welfare Benefits Adjusted for Higher Rent Costs
: Most of the BC Government links to NCB information are no longer active (new
govt. since June 2001, websites are changing...) - that's why some of the text
below has no links
Go to the Ministry of Human Resources Home Page and browse or try doing a search.
BC Family Bonus (from the Ministry of Provincial Revenue)
BC Family Bonus and Earned Income Benefit
Family Bonus Benefit - from the BC Benefits Policy Manual
BC did have a really good collection of NCB information on their site...
Children's health and development adviser named - January 19, 2001
VIEW FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA on the National Child Benefit (NCB) and Child
- BC's NCB page - News Releases, Publications, Factsheets and Reports, including...
Federal Funding to Boost BC's Children's Agenda
September 14, 2000
Benefits to increase in July
March 31, 2000
Canada Child Tax Benefit/National Child Benefit - Changes Effective July 2000
March 28, 2000
Tackling Child Poverty High on B.C. Agenda
Ministry of Human Resources (MHR) Press Release
March 18, 1999
National Child Benefit (March 1999)
National Child Benefit Launched Across Canada (June 15, 1998)
Leading the Battle Against Child Poverty - A BC SUCCESS STORY
May 22, 1998
Introducing the National Child Benefit: B.C.’s Social Policy "First" Goes Nation-wide
The National Child Benefit (MHR)
Early Childhood Development Action Plan - See the 2001-2002 Budget Speech (scroll halfway down the page)
Union Framework Agreement: GNWT Mobility Report (August 2002) - PDF file -
175K, 6 pages
Government of the Northwest Territories
Check out these related Canadian Social Research Links pages:
-Children, Families and Youth - Canadian Government Links -
-Children, Families and Youth - Canadian Non-Governmental Links -
- International Children, Families and Youth Links -
- Unofficial Social Union Page (national) -
- Early Childhood Development Links Page -
See these related outside sites also...
- The (official) Social Union website
- The National Child Benefit website
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