Money From Other Sources

The Income Assistance program treats money you receive differently depending on why you got it and where it comes from. Some types of income are considered to be "chargeable" and so get deducted from your income assistance benefits. Other types of income are "exempt" and so do not affect the amount of Income Assistance you get.

Some examples of income that are chargeable include:

  • Canada Pension Plan benefits
  • worker's compensation
  • insurance settlements
  • maintenance payments (i.e. court ordered child support)
  • income from employment
  • inheritance

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

  • the National Child Benefit
  • the Child Tax Benefit component of the Canada Child Tax Benefit
  • the Nova Scotia Child Benefit
  • the Universal Child Care Benefit
  • the Federal Child Disability Credit
  • the Goods and Services Tax Credit (GST)

Next steps

Please contact your caseworker to determine eligibility.

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