Money from other sources

To determine your eligibility for Income Assistance, you must report any money you receive. Some types of income are considered to be “chargeable” and get deducted from your assistance. Other types of income are “exempt” and so do not affect the amount of assistance you get.

Some examples of income that are chargeable include:

  • Canada Pension Plan benefits
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Employment Insurance
  • insurance settlements
  • spousal support payments
  • income from employment
  • inheritance

Some examples of chargeable income that will not affect your assistance are:

  • Canada Child Benefit
  • Nova Scotia Child Benefit
  • Federal Child Disability Credit
  • Child support payments
  • Poverty Reduction Credit
  • Goods and Services Tax Credit (GST)

Next steps

Please contact your worker to determine eligibility.

If you are not yet an Income Assistance client, see our information on How to Apply.