Income Assistance Reform

Lead department(s): Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

Federal partner organization(s): Employment and Social Development Canada

Non-federal and non-governmental partners: 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) in dollars: $241,100,000

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

Description of the horizontal initiative: Income Assistance Reform was announced as part of Budget 2013. It is a collaborative effort between Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada and Employment and Social Development Canada to help youth in receipt of income assistance to increase employability, so they can secure employment. The program has two components. The first is Enhanced Service Delivery ($132,500,000), administered by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, which implements a case management approach to identifying a client’s barriers to employment. Further, Enhanced Service Delivery includes implementing a personalized plan for appropriate training and support through referrals to pre-employment and other services. The second component is the First Nations Job Fund ($108,600,000), which is a labour market program administered by Employment and Social Development Canada. The First Nations Job Fund provides personalized job skills training and supports to youth referred by Enhanced Service Delivery case workers. It is delivered through the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy delivery network. The two departments allocate funding according to a proposal-based process. First Nation organizations that receive funding are required to implement mandatory participation for the targeted age cohort, which consists of youth aged 18 to 24 years who currently receive or are eligible for income assistance. Youth screened into the Income Assistance Reform are limited to one-time interventions and must be considered prospectively "job-ready" within one year.

Shared outcome(s):

Governance structure(s): Income Assistance Reform is supported by an intergovernmental governance structure designed to ensure that targets are met through regular reporting; on-reserve Income Assistance Reform policy objectives are respected; duplication is reduced; and efficiency is achieved. The governance structure is comprised of headquarters and regional representatives from Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada and Employment and Social Development Canada, as well as representatives from Treasury Board Secretariat and Health Canada.

Planning highlights: Continued implementation of the Income Assistance Reform initiative to reduce dependency among young income assistance clients who reside on-reserve.

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

Planning Information
Federal partners Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture Contributing activities/programs Total allocation (from start date to end date) (dollars) Planned Spending 2016–2017 (dollars) Expected Results (ER) including Performance Indicators (PI) and Targets (T) 2016–2017
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada Sub-Program 2.2.1: Income Assistance Income Assistance Program — Enhanced Service Delivery 132,500,000 39,200,000 ER1 — PI1.1 — T1.1.1
See below
Employment and Social Development Canada Skill and Employment Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy — First Nations Job Fund 108,600,000 31,409,566 ER1 — PI1.1 — T1.1.1
See below
Total for all federal organizations 241,100,000 70,609,566  
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets
ER1: Participants in Income Assistance Reform have increased employability PI1.1: Number of additional case managed clients T1.1.1: 3,904 new clients by March 31, 2017
Employment and Social Development Canada — Skills and Employment
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets
ER1: First Nations Job Fund clients on-reserve are employed and integrated into the labour market. PI1.1: Proportion of clients who obtained employment following service interventions T1.1.1: 30% of clients by March 31, 2017

Contact information

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

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