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Fourth Session, Thirty-Ninth Legislature

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Bill 232

THE EMPLOYMENT AND INCOME ASSISTANCE AMENDMENT ACT (RESTRICTING ASSISTANCE — OUTSTANDING WARRANTS)


Explanatory Note

(Assented to                                         )

HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, enacts as follows:

C.C.S.M. c. E98 amended

1           The Employment and Income Assistance Act is amended by this Act.

2           The following is added after section 5.4:

If warrant for serious offence outstanding

5.5         Subject to the regulations, the director must either deny, reduce, suspend or discontinue the income assistance or general assistance otherwise payable if, in respect of an applicant, recipient or dependant,

(a) a warrant for arrest has been issued;

(b) the warrant issued is for an indictable offence that has been prescribed for the purpose of this section; and

(c) the warrant has not been executed.

3           The following is added after clause 19(1)(g.3):

(g.4) prescribing circumstances in which the director may, despite section 5.5, commence or continue to provide income assistance or general assistance to an applicant, recipient or dependant;

(g.5) establishing the manner in which income assistance or general assistance may be denied, reduced, suspended or discontinued under section 5.5 and prescribing the amount of any reduction;

(g.6) prescribing indictable offences for the purpose of section 5.5;

Coming into force

4           This Act comes into force on the day it receives royal assent.

Explanatory Note

This Bill changes the eligibility requirements of The Employment and Income Assistance Act.  If someone has an outstanding arrest warrant for a serious indictable offence, subject to the regulations, that person may not receive financial assistance.