Working while on Income Assistance

When you work while receiving Income Assistance, you will end up with more money overall. How much? That depends on how much you earn. The table below shows how much your income assistance is impacted by how much you earn from work:

 

Regular Employment

Net Monthly Earnings

 Amount that you keep

$0 - $250

100%

$250 - $500

$250
PLUS 75% of any money earned over $250

$500 - $750

$437.50
PLUS 50% of any money earned over $500

Over $750

$562.50
PLUS 25% of any money earned over $750

 

Supported Employment

"Supported Employment” means employment of a person whose physical, mental or cognitive abilities prevent them from working on their own without continuous support.


Net Monthly Earnings

Amount that you keep

$0 - $350

100%

$350 - $500

$350
PLUS 75% of any money earned over $350

$500 - $750

$462.50
PLUS 50% of any money earned over $500

Over $750

$587.50
PLUS 25% of any money earned over $750

 

Example – Maggie

  • Is single.
  • Is renting her home.
  • Has no dependents.
  • Without work, Maggie took home $650 every month from Income Assistance.
  • Maggie got a new job and now earns $750 a month.

Maggie now takes home $1,212 in total every month: $750 in wages plus $462 of Income Assistance.

 

Training Allowances

When you are in receipt of Income Assistance and are participating in an employability-related training program that provides a training allowance, you will keep the first $150 per month of that training allowance in your assistance. Your worker can also provide the employment-related special needs you will require to participate in the program.

To do

  • Let your worker know if you get a new job or become self-employed.
  • Each month, report your net monthly earnings on your income statement and submit it by the deadline.

We can help

  • We can help you get a job if you don’t have one.
  • We can help you with things you need for work, like uniforms, transportation, childcare or related fees for things such as a driver’s licence or criminal background check.
  • As long as you receive Income Assistance you will continue to receive pharmacare benefits.
  • You may still receive pharmacare benefits for up to one year if you stop being a client of Income Assistance.

Learn more

  • Try our online Employment Income Estimator: novascotia.ca/apps/dcs-estimator.
  • Contact your worker or call 1-877-424-1177. Your worker can answer your questions about your income and assistance, and employment supports available.
  • If you are not yet an Income Assistance client, see our information on how to apply.

Download a brochure you can print about working while on Income Assistance (PDF).