Income Assistance in Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Ministry of Community Services



Nova Scotia's welfare program is called the Employment Support and Income Assistance (ESIA) program. The government says it is to help you by giving you money for living costs, or providing other kinds of help, when you are unable to support yourself or your family. The ESIA Program is where you can turn when you have no other reasonable options.

The Income Assistance (IA) program provides people in financial need with assistance with basic needs such as food, rent, utilities like heat and electricity, and clothing. The program may also help you with other needs such as child care, transportation, prescription drugs, emergency dental care, and eye glasses.