Yukon proposes welfare changes

According to a press release put out by the Yukon Health and Social Services ("Proposed Social Assistance Reforms Announced,") the ministry has reviewed social assistance rates and programs and has proposed some changes including:

  • Eliminate the three-month waiting period for the earned income exemption;
  • Allow those working recipients to keep $2 out of every $4 earned for three years;
  • Increases in rate categories to reflect current costs;
  • Increases to the food allowance to reflect the "market basket" calculation;
  • Enhanced services with improved access for persons with severe disabilities.

Read more on the Canadian Social Research site under "Yukon: Proposed Social Assistance Reforms Announced."