Draft Regulation to amend the Individual and Family Assistance Regulation
In a letter to Jean Boulet, Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity, Ombudsperson Marie Rinfret commented on the draft Regulation to amend the Individual and Family Assistance Regulation.
Currently, in order to calculate the financial assistance benefits that may be granted to a parent who receives child support income, an amount of $100 per dependent child may be excluded in calculating the parent’s income. The draft regulation intends to increase this amount to $350 per dependent child. The Ombudsperson applauds this gain. It will enable several families to benefit from the full amount of their child support. However, madam Rinfret feels that this child support should not be considered as income for the parent who collects it. She considers that all of these amounts received for the child’s benefit should be excluded in calculating financial assistance benefits.
The Ombudsperson recommended that the Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity amend the draft regulation to provide for automatic annual indexation of amounts received as child support that can be excluded in calculating the financial assistance benefit, until such time as the full exclusion slated for 2020 is implemented.