Employment Support & Income Assistance (ESIA)
The Employment Support and Income Assistance (ESIA) program helps by giving you money for living costs, or providing other kinds of help, when you are unable to support yourself or your family. The ESIA Program is where you can turn when you have no other reasonable options.
- Income Assistance (IA)
This program provides people in financial need with assistance with basic needs such as food, rent, utilities like heat and electricity, and clothing.
- Employment Support Services (ESS)
This program helps people on Income Assistance to become more self-sufficient.
- ESIA Policy Manual (PDF)
Standard Household Rate
The new Standard Household Rate for Employment Support and Income Assistance clients, and Disability Support Program participants, takes effect January 1, 2020. Learn more about Standard Household Rate.
Building Income Security
Building a stronger Nova Scotia means helping more people work while being able to look after themselves and their families. Government wants to help our Income Assistance clients earn their own money, by exempting more of the wages they receive. This way, the more you earn, the better off you’ll be. Learn more about how we’re helping Nova Scotians build their income security
See how we are building income security for:
- Single parents with child support
- Couples with children
- Single person with a disability and no children
- Single person with a disability
- Single person with no children