Standard Household Rate
Employment Support and Income Assistance recipients
Starting on January 1, 2020, the Standard Household Rate takes effect, increasing basic assistance rates for Employment Support and Income Assistance (ESIA) recipients.
About the Standard Household Rate
The Standard Household Rate will combine the shelter allowance and personal allowance into a single rate, based on household composition and accommodation type, regardless of a recipient’s shelter expenses.
The Standard Household Rate is for basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter, fuel, utilities, and personal items. Special needs are in addition to the Standard Household Rate and will continue to be based on the needs of each recipient.
All Employment Support and Income Assistance recipients will receive one of the following Standard Household Rates depending on their circumstances:
- Standard Household Rate – Rent/Own or Board - 2% increase
- Standard Household Rate – Enhanced - 5% increase
- Standard Household Rate – Essentials - flat rate of $280
When it takes effect
Eligible recipients received the rate increase on their January payment, which was issued December 27, 2019.
Standard Household Rate – Rent/Own or Board
If you board, rent a place, or own your own home, you will receive the Standard Household Rate – Rent/Own or Board as shown in the below table.
|Household Composition||Standard Household Rate (Monthly)|
|Recipient||Dependent Child/Student Family Member||Rent/Own||Board|
|1||2 or more||$913||$568|
|2||1 or more||$1,193||$849|
Taylor is a single recipient who is boarding with their parents. Taylor pays $200 per month for board.
- Under Standard Household Rate, Taylor will receive $508 per month to meet their basic needs.
Rory and Jamie are married and rent their apartment for $800 per month.
- Under Standard Household Rate, they will receive $1142 per month to meet their basic needs.
Morgan is a single parent of two children and rents their apartment for $900 per month.
- Under Standard Household Rate, Morgan will receive $913 per month to meet their basic needs.
Standard Household Rate – Enhanced
If you are an eligible single recipient who rents a place or owns a home, and you either:
- have a disability or a chronic mental, cognitive or physical condition that limits participation in employment services,
- are age 55 or older,
- are age 16 to 18 (inclusive), or
- are fleeing an abusive situation,
you will receive the Enhanced Standard Household Rate of $850 per month.
Erin is a single disabled ESIA recipient who rents their apartment for $535 per month.
- Under Standard Household Rate, Erin will receive $850 per month to meet their basic needs.
Blake is a single recipient who is 57 years old and lives in public housing. Currently, Blake pays $175 based on the income assistance rate scale as set by the Department of Municipal Affairs and Public Housing.
- Under Standard Household Rate, Blake will receive $850 per month to meet their basic needs.
Standard Household Rate – Essentials
If you do not:
- rent a place, or
- own your own home,
And are temporarily in a:
- homeless shelter,
- transition house,
- hospital, or
- rehabilitation program,
You will receive the Standard Household Rate – Essentials of $280 per month. Each recipient in the household will receive this rate.
Avery is temporarily staying in a homeless shelter and is working with a Housing Support Worker to secure more permanent housing.
- Under Standard Household Rate, Avery will receive $280 per month.
About the Standard Household Rate examples
Examples have been created to help you understand the Standard Household Rates.
The amounts in the examples don’t take into account any other supports you may receive, such as Special Needs. With this, individual amounts may vary.
For more information:
To find out more about how Standard Household Rate impacts you, contact the Department at 1-877-424-1177 or call your Caseworker directly.