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The Employment and Income Assistance Amendment Act

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S.M. 1999, c. 40

THE EMPLOYMENT AND INCOME ASSISTANCE AMENDMENT ACT


 

(Assented to July 14, 1999)

WHEREAS the goal of Manitoba's income assistance program is to provide assistance to those in need while at the same time promoting personal responsibility, financial independence and employment;

AND WHEREAS a related goal is to ensure that recipients of income assistance do not lose their capacity to become self-sufficient through prolonged dependence on income assistance;

AND WHEREAS it is a related goal of welfare-to-work initiatives to improve the economic circumstances of Manitoba families;

AND WHEREAS, to further those goals, it is important to ensure that recipients of income assistance maintain a connection with the community and be given an opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to the community;

THEREFORE 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         Clause 5.4(1)(b) is amended by adding ",including a community service activity," after "measure".

3 The following is added after section 5.4:

Obligation re addiction treatment

5.5(1)    An applicant, recipient or dependant, as specified in the regulations, who the director or municipality believes on reasonable grounds has an addiction problem that adversely affects his or her employability, has an obligation to satisfy the director or the municipality, as the case may be, that he or she is participating in an addiction treatment program as set out in the regulations, as required by the director or municipality.

Where obligation re addiction treatment not met

5.5(2)    If an applicant, recipient or dependant, as specified in the regulations, fails to satisfy the director or the municipality under subsection (1), the director or the municipality, as the case may be, may deny, reduce, suspend or discontinue the income assistance, municipal assistance or general assistance otherwise payable, in accordance with the regulations.

Obligation re parenting support program

5.6       An applicant, recipient or dependant as specified in the regulations has an obligation to satisfy the director or the municipality, as the case may be, that he or she is participating in any parenting support program, as set out in the regulations, as required by the director or municipality.

Obligation re education or training

5.7(1)    An applicant, recipient or dependant as specified in the regulations has an obligation to satisfy the director or the municipality, as the case may be, that he or she is undertaking any education or training as set out in the regulations, as required by the director or municipality.

Where obligation re education or training not met

5.7(2)    If an applicant, recipient or dependant, as specified in the regulations, fails to satisfy the director or the municipality under subsection (1), the director or the municipality, as the case may be, may deny, reduce, suspend or discontinue the income assistance, municipal assistance or general assistance otherwise payable, in accordance with the regulations.

Moneys paid into a special fund

5.8(1)    Where as a result of subsection 5.5(2) or 5.7(2) moneys are not paid to an applicant, recipient or dependant, as specified in the regulations, who has a child in his or her household, those moneys shall be paid into a special fund held by the Minister of Finance to be disbursed as goods, services or moneys for the benefit of children of such applicants, recipients or dependants by the administrator of the fund, at the times, in the manner and form and in the amounts as determined by the administrator, in accordance with the regulations.

Administrator

5.8(2)    The minister may appoint one or more administrators, who meet the requirements set out in the regulations, for the purpose of

(a) administering the special fund referred to in this section; and

(b) providing support to the families of applicants, recipients or dependants for whom the special fund is being administered.

4         Subsection 19(1) is amended

(a) in clause (g.1), by striking out "section 5.4" and substituting "sections 5.4, 5.5, 5.6 and 5.7.";

(b) in clause (g.3), by adding ", 5.5(2) or 5.7(2)," after "subsection 5.4(2)"; and

(c) by adding the following after clause (g.3):

(g.4) for the purpose of subsection 5.5(1), respecting addiction treatment programs and establishing the circumstances in which an applicant, recipient or dependant is required to comply with an obligation respecting an addiction treatment program;

(g.5) for the purpose of section 5.6, respecting parenting support programs and establishing the circumstances in which an applicant, recipient or dependant is required to participate in a parenting support program;

(g.6) for the purpose of subsection 5.7(1), establishing obligations with respect to education or training and establishing the circumstances in which an applicant, recipient or dependant is required to comply with an obligation respecting education or training;

(g.7) for the purpose of subsection 5.8(1), respecting

(i) the amount payable into a special fund,

(ii) the amount, time, manner and form of disbursements from the special fund, and

(iii) the goods, services or moneys for which the moneys in the special fund may be used;

(g.8) respecting the requirements of an administrator referred to in subsection 5.8(2);

Coming into force

5         This Act comes into force on a day fixed by proclamation.