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.
Improved employability of First Nations Income Assistance clients.
Increased participation of First Nations Income Assistance clients in demand-driven skills development programs.
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
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
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
The People/Social Development/Income Assistance
Income Assistance Program — Enhanced Service Delivery
Number of additional clients case managed
Employment and Social Development Canada- Skills and Employment
Skill and Employment
Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy — First Nations Job Fund
Number of additional clients for First Nations Job Fund