Draft Regulation to amend the Individual and Family Assistance Regulation
The Québec Ombudsman subscribes to the goals of the Regulation, notably, to ensure greater fairness between last resort financial assistance recipients and to update assistance to them. It also embraces the principle whereby only citizens who really need last resort financial assistance should receive it.
However, it has made recommendations on the manner in which three of the amendments would be applied:
- exclusions regarding the net value of a residence;
- social assistance recipients’ failure to declare work income correctly and in a timely fashion;
- replacement of the basic benefit and, where applicable, the temporarily limited capacity allowance, by a personal expense allowance of $200 a month for an adult granted a special benefit for living expenses for accommodations in a certified centre that offers addiction services.
The Québec Ombudsman also pointed out that its recommendation made in March 2013 has yet to be implemented. The recommendation called for exclusion from the calculation of last resort assistance benefits, in perpetuity, of the sums received further to a decision by a tribunal or a government agency to compensate for physical or mental impairment, whether the sums are issued as a lump-sum payment or in instalments.