Employment Support & Income Assistance (ESIA)

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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.


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:

Hear about the latest changes to our Income Assistance Program

Appeal of an ESIA Decision