News Release - May 14, 1999
FAMILIES BENEFIT FROM PHASE TWO OF NATIONAL CHILD BENEFIT
Social Services Minister Harry Van Mulligen today released the first
progress report on the National Child Benefit, which noted that
100,000 Saskatchewan children in 50,000 families have benefited from
this program providing support to lower income families and their
children. More than 60,000 of those children are in low income
families that do not receive social assistance.
Saskatchewan's Building Independence program, launched in July 1998,
included three new programs to reduce child poverty as part of the
National Child Benefit initiative. "Since these new programs were
implemented last July, an estimated 1,100 fewer families are receiving
Social Assistance," Van Mulligen said.
Approximately 50,000 low income families, with more than 100,000
children receive the Saskatchewan Child Benefit. Of all of these
recipients, 60 per cent are single parent families and 70 per cent
have incomes less than $16,000 per annum.
The Saskatchewan Employment Supplement provides a supplement for lower
income working families. In the first six months of the program, over
7,700 working families received the supplement, with an average
payment per family of $137 per month.
Family Health Benefits provide additional health benefits for
lower income families and their children. As of April 1999, more
than 23,000 families receive Family Health Benefits, including
36,000 adults and more than 43,000 children.
"When Saskatchewan announced its participation in this program
our province fully-funded its contribution, rather than phasing
it in as other jurisdictions did," Van Mulligen said. "This
allowed Saskatchewan families to benefit from these new programs
for children immediately, without having to wait for the federal
phase-in over several years. This year, Saskatchewan has added
an additional $11.5 million in new funding to support the
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