Common Questions

If I don’t get welfare this month I’ll lose my housing

If you have an urgent need for shelter, then you must ask for an “Immediate Needs Assessment” when you apply for welfare from the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation. If the Ministry finds that you have an immediate need for shelter (or for food or urgent medical care), they may be able to quickly provide you with hardship assistance.

Good starting points include:

Need more help?

  • Find an Advocate, from PovNet, provides a list of community advocates who may be able to provide information or assistance regarding welfare.
  • Find more help near you on Clicklaw HelpMap

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Last reviewed December 2017
applying for welfare, income assistance, hardship assistance, welfare and housing, hardship benefits