Income Assistance Reform: Enhanced Service Delivery

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Name of horizontal initiative: Income Assistance Reform: Enhanced Service Delivery

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

Lead department program: Employment and Social Development Canada: Skills and Employment

Non-federal and non-governmental partner(s): Not applicable

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

Funding contributed by non-federal and non-governmental partners: Not applicable

Description of the horizontal initiative: 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.

Shared outcome(s):

Governance structures: 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 that 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.

Results to be achieved by non-federal and non-governmental partners: Not Applicable

Planning Information
Federal organizations Link to departmental Program Alignment Architectures Contributing programs and activities Total allocation (from start to end date)($ millions) 2015–2016
Planned spending ($ millions)
2015–2016
Expected results
2015–2016
Targets
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada The People/Social Development/Income Assistance Income Assistance Program — Enhanced Service Delivery 132.5 41.84 Number of additional clients case managed 4,976
Employment and Social Development Canada- Skills and Employment Skill and Employment Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy — First Nations Job Fund 109 59.37 Number of additional clients for First Nations Job Fund 5,988
Total for all federal organizations 241.5 101.21 Not applicable

Contact information:

Brenda Shestowsky
Director, Income Support Directorate
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
Telephone: 819-997-8212
Brenda.shestowsky@aadnc-aandc.gc.ca

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