ARCHIVED - Income Assistance Reform: Enhanced Service Delivery (ESD)

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Name of lead department(s): Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

Lead department program: Social Development

Start date of the Horizontal Initiative: June 2013

End date of the Horizontal Initiative: March 31, 2017

Total federal funding allocation (start to end date): $132,500,000

Description of the Horizontal Initiative (including funding agreement): This initiative to improve the on-reserve Income Assistance program, announced as part of Economic Action Plan 2013, has two components: Enhanced Service Delivery (administered by AANDC) and the First Nations Job Fund (administered by Employment and Social Development Canada). The two departments will allocate funding according to a proposal-based process. First Nation organizations that receive funding will be required to implement mandatory participation in personalized case management. They will serve clients using a case-management approach that includes intake and triage, an employability assessment, a personalized action plan, and referral to training services. Eligible Income Assistance clients must be between the ages of 18 and 24 and require less than one year of training to become employable. The First Nations Job Fund is designed to provide training opportunities and supports to clients referred from First Nations using the Enhanced Service Delivery approach. 

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Governance structure(s): Enhanced Service Delivery is supported by an interdepartmental governance and oversight structure comprising headquarters and regional representatives from AANDC and Employment and Social Development Canada. This governance structure includes Regional Implementation Teams, a Program Review and Advisory Committee and an Oversight Committee, which also includes representatives from the Treasury Board Secretariat and Health Canada. Each of these governance bodies helps implement Enhanced Service Delivery and the First Nations Job Fund. They also work to ensure that the program meets targets, respects the objectives of the on-reserve Income Assistance reform policy, reduces duplication and works efficiently. 

Planning Highlights: Continued implementation of the initiative to improve the on-reserve Income Assistance program, starting incrementally with the most advanced Income Assistance providers

Federal Partner: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

Federal Partner Program Names of Programs for Federal Partners ($)
Total Allocation
(from Start to End Date)
Planned Spending for
2014–2015
Social Development Income Assistance
Program — ESD
132,500,000 30,900,000
Total 132,500,000 30,900,000

 

Expected results by program: Reduced Income Assistance dependency among First Nations youth aged 18–24 years old, who are job-ready and require up to one year of training.

Federal Partner: Employment and Social Development Canada

Federal Partner Program Names of Programs for Federal Partners ($)
Total Allocation (from Start to End Date) Planned Spending for
2014–2015
Skills and Employment Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS) - First Nations Job Fund 109,000,000 23,202,787
Total 109,000,000 23,202,787

 

Expected results by program: Improved labour market outcomes for First Nation Income Assistance clients aged 18–24 years old, who are job-ready or require up to one year of training.

Total Allocation For All Federal Partners (from Start to End Date) Total Planned Spending for All Federal Partners for 2014–2015
$241,500,000 $54,102,787

 

Results to be achieved by non-federal partners (if applicable): N/A

Contact information:

Matt de Vlieger
Director, Income Support Directorate
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
Telephone: 819-997-8212
Email: matt.devlieger@aadnc-aandc.gc.ca

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