Nova Scotians Receiving Full National Child Benefit

Department of Community Services

December 13, 2002 3:33 PM

Nova Scotians are receiving the full amount of the National Child
Benefit available to them, said Community Services Minister Peter
Christie today, Dec. 13.

"We told Nova Scotians we would end the clawback and we did,"
said Mr. Christie. "Last year we introduced a child-benefit
system that put more money in the hands of low-income Nova
Scotians. We now have a program in place that ensures families
receive the maximum benefit available to them."

Nova Scotia provides low-income families with an integrated child
benefit, which combines the Nova Scotia Child Benefit and the
Canada Child Tax Benefit into one monthly payment. For example, a
family with three children and an annual income of less than
$15,999 would receive $727 a month in combined benefits, whether
they receive assistance or are in the paid workforce.

"We've also increased social assistance rates for families and
we've put millions into other supports for low-income families
and programs that support people returning to work," said Mr.
Christie. "We are seeing positive results from these initiatives
with recent figures showing fewer Nova Scotian children living in
poverty."

Last year the province introduced transitional Pharmacare
benefits, so people returning to work are now able to maintain
health benefits for their families for one year after leaving
social assistance for employment.

Nova Scotia has put millions into subsidized day-care programs
and other enhancements to the day-care system and early childhood
development programs. Two hundred subsidized portable child-care
spaces have also been added to the day-care system. Portable
child-care spaces are assigned to the child and not to a child-
care centre so if the child's family moves to another part of
Nova Scotia, the portable space and subsidy move with them.

"We've taken significant steps to remove barriers to work while
supporting families in need and we'll continue to strengthen
these programs," said Mr. Christie.


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     Nova Scotians are receiving the full amount of the National

Child Benefit available to them says Community Services

Minister Peter Christie.

     Nova Scotia provides low-income families with an integrated

child benefit, which combines the Nova Scotia Child Benefit and

the Canada Child Tax Benefit into one monthly payment.

     Last year the province introduced transitional Pharmacare

benefits, so that people returning to work could maintain health

benefits for their families for a year after leaving social

assistance for employment.

     The government also increased social assistance and put

millions into subsidized day-care programs.

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Contact: Catherine MacIsaac
         Community Services
         902-424-6283
         E-mail: maciscl@gov.ns.ca


kjd         December 13, 2002        3:32 P.M.