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MINISTERIAL ORDER

No. 2021-09

LABOUR AND IMMIGRATION

Office of the Minister

 

 

WHEREAS certain provisions may be established by the Minister for the purposes of the Income Support, Training and Health Benefits Regulation (the Regulation) under the Income and Employment Supports Act;

AND WHEREAS the Government of Alberta has established the Critical Worker Benefit which may provide a one-time payment to eligible Albertans who have been deemed to be critical workers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic;

AND WHEREAS, pursuant to section 1(1)(y) of Schedule 2 of the Regulation, the Minister may exempt a payment received from the Government of Alberta from the determination of financial resources, to the extent determined by the Minister;

AND WHEREAS, pursuant to section 2(1)(o.2) of Schedule 1 of the Regulation, the Minister may exempt an asset or liquid asset that was purchased or obtained with money exempted under section 1(1)(y) of Schedule 2 of the Regulation for the purpose of determining assets;

AND WHEREAS it is desirable to consolidate and replace the list of all exempted assets and financial resources, excess of certain assets and supplementary income support as they apply to learners;

I, Jason Copping, Minister of Labour and Immigration, hereby establish

1.      Exempted assets for the purposes of Schedule 1 of the Regulation as set out in Appendix A;

2.      Exempted financial resources for the purposes of Schedule 2 of the Regulation as set out in Appendix B;

3.      Excess of certain assets for the purposes of Schedule 3 of the Regulation as set out in Appendix C; and

4.      The amounts or values of supplementary income support payments or allowances and the frequency with which the payment or allowance may be provided for the purposes of Schedule 4 of the Regulation as set out in Appendix D.

 

Ministerial Orders No. 2021-01 and No. 2021-04 are hereby repealed.

 

 

DATED at Edmonton, Alberta this 11th day of March, 2021.

 

 

 

 

 


                                                                        Jason Copping

                                                                        Minister of Labour and Immigration


APPENDIX A

 

Income Support, Training and Health Benefits Regulation

Schedule 1 – Exempt Assets

 

Exempt Asset

Section

Rate/Type of Payment

Asset purchased with money from these types of payments

2(1)(o.2)

 

 

·         1986-1990 Hepatitis C Settlement Agreement other than:

(A)  under section 4.02 of the Agreement for loss of income, or

(B)  under section 6.01 of the Agreement for loss of support resulting from the death of the infected person.

·         Pre-1986/Post-1990 Hepatitis C Settlement Agreement;

·         Government of a province or territory of Canada as compensation for a member of the household unit having been infected with the HIV virus through the blood supply;

·         Received by a member of a household unit as a common experience payment or as an independent assessment process payment under the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement;

·         Roth/Fifield Class Action Settlement Agreement from the Government of Alberta;

·         A Slave Lake Wildfire Relief Payment or a payment under the Emergency Accommodation Program to persons subject to the mandatory evacuation order issued by the Alberta Emergency Management Agency in May 2011;

·         Japanese Canadian Redress Agreement;

·         Extraordinary Assistance Plan; 

·         Disaster Recovery Program compensation made by the Government of Alberta in accordance with section 4 of the Disaster Recovery Regulation for the June 2013 floods; 

·         Huronia Regional Centre Settlement payments;

Assets and liquid assets purchased with money from these types of payments

2(1)(o.2)

·         Agricultural Benefits Settlement Agreement

·         Government of Canada - Grazing Leases Specific Claim - Piikani First Nation

·         Government of Canada - Blood Tribe Mismanagement of Assets Specific Claim Settlement Agreement - Blood Band

·         Government of Canada - Treaty 8 Lands and Benefits Claim Settlement Agreement - Lubicon Lake Band No. 453

·         Government of Canada - Missanabie Cree First Nation Treaty Land Entitlement Settlement Agreement

·         Government of Canada – Raymond Michael Toth v. Her Majesty the Queen Class Action Final Settlement Agreement

·         Government of Canada – Ross, Roy and Satalic v. Her Majesty the Queen Class Action Final Settlement Agreement

·         Government of Canada - Sixties Scoop Settlement Agreement

·         Government of Canada - Garry Leslie Mclean, Roger Augustine, Claudette Commanda, Angela Elizabeth Simone Sampson, Margaret Anne Swan And Mariette Buckshot v. Her Majesty the Queen Class Action Final Settlement Agreement

·         Government of Canada – Canada Emergency Response Benefit

·         Government of Canada – Canada Emergency Student Benefit

·         Government of Alberta - Alberta Child and Family Benefit

·         Government of Canada – COVID-19 one-time disability payment (2020)

·         Government of Alberta – Heroes’ Fund

·         Government of Canada – Enoch Cree Nation Yekau Lake Bombing Range Settlement Agreement

·         Government of Alberta – COVID self-isolation payment

·         Government of Alberta – Critical Worker Benefit

 


 

APPENDIX B

 

Income Support, Training and Health Benefits Regulation

Schedule 2 – Exempt Financial Resources

 

Exempt Financial Resources

Section

Rate/Amount of Payment 

Government of Alberta – Direct to Tenant Rent Supplement Program

1(1)(j)

 

100% of the payment.

Award or prize

1(1)(p)

Maximum amount of $3,500 in a 12 month period from August 1 to July 31. 

Cash gifts

1(1)(q)

·   Maximum of $900 per year for each member of the household. 

·   100% of the payment(s) issued by charitable organizations for the June 2013 floods.

Agricultural Benefits Settlement Agreement

1(1)(r)

100% of the payment

Government of Canada - Grazing Leases Specific Claim - Piikani First Nation

Government of Canada - Blood Tribe Mismanagement of Assets Specific Claim Settlement Agreement - Blood Band

Government of Canada - Treaty 8 Lands and Benefits Claim Settlement Agreement - Lubicon Lake Band No. 453

Government of Canada - Missanabie Cree First Nation Treaty Land Entitlement Settlement Agreement

Government of Canada – Enoch Cree Nation Yekau Lake Bombing Range Settlement Agreement

Duncan First National Land Settlement Claim

1(1)(s)

$1,000.

O’Chiese First Nations Land Settlement Claim

$5,000 for every adult and $5,000 in trust for every child.

Bigstone Cree Nation and Peerless Trout First Nation Treaty 8 Land Settlement

$3,500 for every adult and $3,500 in trust for every child.

Mikisew Cree First Nation Settlement Agreement

$10,000 for every adult and $10,000 in trust for every child.

1986-1990 Hepatitis C Settlement Agreement

1(1)(x)

100% of the payment other than:

·       A payment under section 4.02 of the Agreement for loss of income, or

·       A payment under section 6.01 of the Agreement for loss of support resulting from the death of the infected person.

These are not considered exempt financial resources.

Pre-1986/Post-1990 Hepatitis C Settlement Agreement

100% of the payment.

Government of a province or territory of Canada – HIV Virus

100% of the payment for a member of the household unit having been infected with the HIV virus through the blood supply.

Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement

100% of the common experience payment or an independent assessment process payment.

Japanese Canadian Redress Agreement

100% of the payment.

Extraordinary Assistance Plan

100% of the payment.

Huronia Regional Centre Land Claims Settlement Harm Done Payments

100% of the payment.

Government of Canada – Raymond Michael Toth v. Her Majesty the Queen Class Action Final Settlement Agreement

100% of the payment.

Government of Canada – Ross, Roy and Satalic v. Her Majesty the Queen Class Action Final Settlement Agreement

100% of the payment.

Government of Canada - Sixties Scoop Settlement Agreement

100% of the payment.

Government of Canada - Garry Leslie Mclean, Roger Augustine, Claudette Commanda, Angela Elizabeth Simone Sampson, Margaret Anne Swan And Mariette Buckshot v. Her Majesty the Queen Class Action Final Settlement Agreement

100% of the payment.

Government of Alberta – Roth/Fifield Class Action Settlement Agreement

 

Varying amounts.

Government of Alberta – Siksika Land Settlement Claim re Bassano Dam

1(1)(y)

 

$1,500.

Government of Alberta – Maintenance

100% of the payment for the maintenance costs of a person to whom a member of the household unit is providing or is responsible for providing care.

Government of Alberta – Emergency Accommodation Program

100% of the Slave Lake Wildfire Relief payment to persons subject to the mandatory evacuation order issued by the Alberta Emergency Management Agency in May 2011.

Government of Alberta – Disaster Recovery Program

100% of Disaster Recovery Program compensation made by the Government of Alberta  in accordance with section 4 of the Disaster Recovery Regulation for the June 2013 floods.

Government of Canada or Alberta - Part-time Training

 

100% of the payment for part-time training costs as follows:

 

If received by a member of an Expected to Work or Working, or a Barriers to Full Employment household unit, the funding as follows:

·         Part-time Canada Student Loan (Government of Canada);

·         Canada Student Grant for Part-time Studies (Government of Canada);

·         Canada Student Grant for Persons with Permanent Disabilities (Government of Canada);

·         Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Persons with Permanent Disabilities (Government of Canada);

·         Alberta Works Skills Investment Bursary (Government of Alberta); and

·         Alberta Part-time Bursary (Government of Alberta).

 

If received by a member of a full-time learner household unit, the funding as follows:

Alberta Works Skills Investment Bursary (Government of Alberta).

Government of Canada or Alberta - Disability Related Employment Supports and/or Services

100% of the payment for Disability Related Employment Supports and/or services to assist Albertans with disabilities to access full or part-time training and/or employment as follows:

 

If received by a member of an Expected to Work or Working, or a Barriers to Full Employment household unit, to:

·         Attend any Department-funded full or part-time training programs; and

·         Obtain employment.

 

If received by a member of a full-time learner household unit, to:

·         Attend any Department-funded full or part-time training programs; and

·         Obtain employment.

Government of Alberta - Alberta Child and Family Benefit payments

100% of the payment

Government of Canada - Canada Workers Benefit

100% of the payment

Government of Canada – Canada Emergency Response Benefit

100% of the payment

Government of Canada – Canada Emergency Student Benefit

100% of the payment

Government of Canada – COVID-19 one-time disability payment (2020)

100% of the payment

Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)

The first $100 of monthly income received by a full-time learner member

Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)

The first $100 of monthly income received by a full-time learner member

Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)

The first $100 of monthly income received by a full-time learner member

Government of Alberta – Heroes’ Fund

 

100% of the payment

Government of Alberta – COVID self-isolation payment

 

100% of the payment

Government of Alberta – Critical Worker Benefit

 

100% of the payment


APPENDIX C

 

Income Support, Training and Health Benefits Regulation

Schedule 3 – Excess of Certain Assets (Learners)

 

Excess of Certain Assets

Section

Rate

Registered Retirement Savings Plan

1(b)

 

 

$100,000 of holdings.

 


APPENDIX D

 

Income Support, Training and Health Benefits Regulation

Schedule 4 – Supplementary Income Support  

 

Supplementary Income Support Payment or Allowance

Section

Rate

Handicap

 

2

$179/month.

Special Transportation and Travel

 

6(2)(a)

The most economical and reasonable means of travel:

·         Actual cost of public transportation;

·         $0.13 per kilometer for use of a personal vehicle;

·         Actual cost of taxi fare.

6(2)(b)

Food: $11/day for an adult member and $6/day for a child.

Training Transportation

 

7

$0.13 per kilometer.

Additional Shelter

 

8(a) and (b)

Maximum of $307/month.

8(c)

Maximum of $307/month for a period that does not exceed the greater of:

·         three months, or

·         the length of the full-time learner member’s training period.

 

The Director may renew an amount under this section for subsequent three month periods if the Director is satisfied the conditions continue to exist. 

Isolated Community

 

9

$41/month.

High Cost Community

 

10

Full-time EI and Non-EI learner household units residing in Fort McMurray – Maximum of $307/month.

Housing - Apprentice

 

11

Mortgage: singles/couples with no children or single parents/couples with children residing in:

·         Fort McMurray – Maximum of $900/month;

·         Calgary/Grande Prairie – Maximum of $900/month;

·         Elsewhere in Alberta including Edmonton and excluding Fort McMurray, Calgary, Grande Prairie – Maximum of $900/month;

 

Rent:  singles/couples with no children residing in:

·         Fort McMurray – Maximum of $900/month;

·         Calgary/Grande Prairie – Maximum of $500/month;

Elsewhere in Alberta including Edmonton and excluding Fort McMurray, Calgary, Grande Prairie – Maximum of $400/month;

Rent:  single parents/couples with children residing in

·         Fort McMurray – Maximum of $1200/month;

·         Calgary/Grande Prairie – Maximum of $700/month;

Elsewhere in Alberta including Edmonton and excluding Fort McMurray, Calgary, Grande Prairie – Maximum of $600/month.

Temporary Accommodation - Apprentice

12

·         Accommodation:  $610/month;

·         Travel:  $0.12 per kilometer.

Relocation

13

Actual costs of the move.

Household Start-up – Institution or Abuse

 

14(1)

Up to $1,021.  Issued only once in the lifetime of the applicant or recipient. 

14(2)

·         $1,021 for the cost of establishing a new principal residence; and

·         Actual costs of a damage deposit up to a maximum amount which is equivalent to the applicable core shelter payment for that household unit.

Employment training and transition support

 

15(1)

Maximum of $511 per calendar year for the following costs:

·         associated with training or employment;

·         associated with operating a vehicle;

·         for transportation;

·         for other goods and/or services that are essential for training or employment.

Employment Training and Transition Support – Travel

15(2) and 15(3)

Actual cost of public transportation

$0.13/ kilometre mileage rate 

Actual cost of taxi fare

Child Care

 

16

·         for child care provided by a relative, the actual cost up to a maximum of $154/month per dependent child;

·         for other private child care, the actual child care costs up to a maximum of $5/hour for the first child plus $2/hour for each additional child to a maximum of $11/hour. 

Natal and Adoptive Needs

 

17

$256/child.

Registered Education Savings Plan

18(a)

$100.

Child School Expense

 

19

·         $52 a year per child in kindergarten;

·         $103 a year per child in grades 1 to 6;

·         $179 a year per child in grades 7 to 12.

Abusive Situation

20

·         Telephone Service: $31/month;

·         Transportation: $62/month.

Special Diet

 

21

 

Special Diet

Not Provided in

Combination With

Monthly Rate/Adult or Child

Low Sodium

 

$21

Low Cholesterol or Low Fat

 

$21

High Fiber

 

$21

High Calcium

 

$21

High Protein

 

$21

Lactose Free

Milk Free

$21

Low or High Potassium

 

$21

Baby’s needs - Pregnancy

 

$26

Baby’s needs – Breastfeeding mother ) of baby up to 12 months old)

 

$31

Baby’s needs – Infant formula

 

Up to $205

High Calorie (over 2,500)

 

$37

HIV/AIDS or Hepatitis C

 

$37

Diabetic or Heart Healthy

 

$41

Milk Free

Lactose Free

$52

Celiac or Gluten Free

 

$82

Renal Failure or Insufficiency

 

$113

 

If an individual requires more than one special diet, the rates for both diets are issued, except in the diets noted above.


Supplementary Income Support Payment or Allowance

Section

Rate

Utility Access

 

23

Actual costs.

Income Tax

 

24

Amount calculated by the Director.

Emergency

 

26

Replacement clothes

·         Maximum of $219 for each adult member and $164 for each dependent child in the household unit.

 

Food

·         $11/day for an adult member and $6/day for a dependent child where the individual is outside of the community where he or she resides for more than a 24-hour period; or

·         $23/month for each adult member in the household unit and $15/month for each dependent child in the household unit if they are within the community where they reside.

 

Accommodation

·         Actual cost of reasonable accommodation as approved by the Director for up to two weeks or until alternate accommodation is found.

 

Rental Arrears (unpaid rent that is not owing to extended family)

·         Actual cost of rental arrears to a maximum of:

o   $1,021, if the household unit has dependent children, or

o   $358, if the household unit does not have dependent children.

 

Damage Deposit (if one has not been provided to the household unit in the previous three years for a purpose other than escaping abuse)

·         Actual cost of a damage deposit to a maximum of:

o   $1,021, if the household unit has dependent children, or

o   $358, if the household unit does not have dependent children.

 

Utility Bills (unpaid)

·         Actual cost.

 

Essential Repairs to the Home and Major Appliances (owned by the household unit that are required to address a serious health or safety risk)

·         Actual cost.

 

Goods and Services (not described in above)

·         Maximum up to $1,021.

Medical and Surgical Equipment

27

Essential medical and surgical equipment and supplies not provided by another source.

• Maximum up to $2,042 per item

Child Supplement Allowance

5

Where a non-EI learner household unit would be eligible for the Canada Child Benefit but is not receiving the Canada Child Benefit: the Child Supplement Allowance is $205 per month per dependent child.

 

Where a non-EI learner household is receiving the Canada Child Benefit, but is receiving less than $205 per month per dependent child: the Child Supplement Allowance is the difference between $205 per month per dependent child and the amount of Canada Child Benefit that the household is receiving per month per dependent child.