Increase in Nova Scotia Child Benefit

Department of Community Services

July 6, 2000 3:07 PM

Starting this month, the province has increased the Nova Scotia
Child Benefit for eligible families to $403 per year for one
child, $722 for two children, and $1,008 for three children. An
additional $286 is provided for each additional child.

"These payments help us provide direct support to Nova Scotia
families who need it most," said Community Services Minister
Peter Christie. "We are providing this help to working families,
as well as families receiving income assistance."

About 35,000 families with 59,000 children receive the tax-free
Nova Scotia Child Benefit. Maximum benefits are provided to
families with a net family income of $15,999 or less, while
partial benefits are provided to families with a net family
income between $16,000 and $20,921.

As part of the National Child Benefit Program (NCB), Nova Scotia
will invest $23.5 million this fiscal year. As in many provinces,
the National Child Benefit supplement is charged back as income
from families on social assistance and reinvested in provincial
programs. About $20.2 million will be used for the Nova Scotia
Child Benefit. Another $3.3 million will be used for programs and
services as part of the Healthy Child Development Initiatives.

The Nova Scotia government is committed to working toward the
elimination of the charge-back provision of the National Child
Benefit. Nova Scotia is working closely with its federal-
provincial-territorial partners to look at options which provide
the best income support for our children. This is a primary
concern for the redesign of our social assistance system
currently underway in Nova Scotia.

Increases to the Nova Scotia Child Benefit will provide more help
to families on assistance and to low-income working families.
For example, a family with three children under the age of 18
will now receive $1,008 per year if the family qualifies for the
maximum benefits under the program.

"Many families need help raising their children, and the combined
provincial-federal assistance under the NCB program can have a
positive impact on those families," said Mr. Christie.

Healthy Child Development Initiatives, also part of the national
program, are designed to give children a better start in life and
include early intervention and community-based prevention
programs and child care.


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     Starting this month, the government of Nova Scotia has

increased the Nova Scotia Child Benefit for eligible families.

     Families with one child will now receive 400 hundred and

three dollars a year, 700 hundred and 22 dollars for families

with two children, and one-thousand and eight-dollars for those

with three children.

     An additional 286-dollars is provided for each additional child.

     Increases to the Nova Scotia Child Benefit will provide more

help to families on assistance and to low-income working

families.

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Contact: Tom Peck
         Community Services
         902-424-4326
         E-mail: peckto@gov.ns.ca

kjd                      July 6, 2000     3:07 p.m.