Archived - Summary of 1998/99 Reinvestment Plans under the National Child Benefit (NCB)

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Summary of 1998/99 Reinvestment Plans under NCB

Jurisdiction Reinvestment Envelope NCB Initiatives Additional Comments
98/99 Annually at Maturity
British Columbia $63.8m $85.0m
  1. BC Earned Income Benefit
  2. Children in Care Allowance
  3. Other initiatives to be announced
BC has pre-invested over $860 million since July 1996 in 3 programs directly addressing child poverty, including the BC Family Bonus, Healthy Kids and enhanced Child Care subsidies. These programs continue. The BC Family Bonus replaced social assistance for children in 1996. British Columbia’s other initiatives within the NCB envelope of $22 million will be announced during the 1998/99 fiscal year.
Alberta $13.7m $21.2m
  1. Alberta Child Health Benefit
  2. Child Care Subsidy
Alberta’s NCB initiatives build upon the $75 million invested in the Alberta Family Employment Tax Credit program introduced in 1997.
Saskatchewan $11.0m $15.0m
  1. Saskatchewan Child Benefit
  2. Saskatchewan Employment Supplement
  3. Family Health Benefit
Saskatchewan will add an additional $37.5 million in provincial funding to improve their reinvestment programming.
Manitoba $10.0m $14.0m
  1. Early intervention
  2. Children’s nutrition
  3. Training and job placement
  4. Child care
  5. Early literacy
Manitoba will spend an additional $5 million in 1998/99 for early intervention and healthy child development programs and services. The NCB initiatives build upon a solid foundation of existing supports, including the Child Related Income Support Program. Manitoba also extends health benefits to single parent and disabled clients who leave income assistance for employment. The Manitoba Tax Reduction Program already provides over $30.0 million in support each year to help boost the take home pay of low income families.
Ontario $117.0m $156.0m Ontario Child Care Supplement for Working Families Ontario will spend $100 million of NCB reinvestment on the Ontario Child Care Supplement for Working Families in 1998/99. This will grow to $145 million on an annualized basis. Municipalities will also share in the NCB reinvestment because social assistance continues to be cost shared between municipalities (20 percent) and the province (80 percent). The 1998 Ontario Budget also announced funding of over $200 million on a number of other initiatives that are aimed at assisting children in high risk families by increasing spending on early intervention and prevention; child welfare; and child care.
New Brunswick $8.9m $11.2m
  1. Social Assistance
  2. Child Care Initiatives
New Brunswick will add an additional $2.1 million in provincial funding to implement their child care initiative. New Brunswick also recently invested $25 million in the New Brunswick Child Tax Benefit and Working Income Supplement and this benefit will be ongoing.
Nova Scotia $9.3m $14.6m
  1. Nova Scotia Child Benefit
  2. Community Based Prevention Programs
  3. Family Based Child Care
  4. Centre Based Child Care
  5. Early Intervention/Prevention Programs
The Nova Scotia Child Benefit is designed for families with less than $16,000/year annual income with benefits up to $250/year for the first child; up to $168 for the second child and up to $136/year for each additional child.
Prince Edward Island $1.2m $1.8m
  1. PEI Child Care Benefit
  2. PEI Family Health Benefit
  3. Community Initiatives
PEI’s reinvestment initiatives are part of the province’s Investing in Children and Families Initiative and represent a beginning of a longer term commitment to the healthy development of Island children.
Newfoundland $7.7m $10.2m
  1. Social Assistance
  2. Family resource centres
  3. Licensed child care services
  4. Regional youth services networks
  5. Welfare to work transitions
Newfoundland will add an additional $10.2 million in provincial funding to implement their NCB initiatives. Newfoundland also introduced a 2% rate increase in social assistance in May/98.
Yukon $0.2m $0.3m Children’s Drug and Optical program Yukon’s reinvestment responds to the Yukon government’s commitment to address the needs of Yukon men, women and children living in poverty, as identified in the Government of Yukon Action Agenda 1997-2000.
Northwest Territories $1.6m $2.1m
  1. NWT Child Benefit
  2. Territorial Workers Supplement
The Northwest Territories will add an additional $2M in territorial funding to improve their reinvestment programming.
DIAND $20-23m $27-30m DIAND is working with First Nations to develop regional reinvestment strategies that meet the priorities and needs of First Nations communities that are consistent with the objectives of the NCB. Initiatives will be different in each region. There will be flexibility to meet First Nations priorities, and consultations are underway in all regions to develop appropriate reinvestments.
Total  $265.4 m  $359.4m     


  • Quebec, while agreeing with the basic principles of the National Child Benefit, has not taken part in the development of this initiative because it wishes to assume control of income support for the children of Quebec. Reinvestment plans for the province of Quebec are therefore not included in this document.
  • Reinvestment envelopes are calculated amounts. They reflect actual or potential savings in social assistance/income support that correspond with increased benefits received by families through the Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB). The envelopes also include, if applicable, any revenues from the increase in the Children’s Special Allowance and payment for transitional costs due to the incorporation of the Working Income Supplement into the CCTB. They do not include any further increases to the CCTB as a result of the February 1998 Government of Canada budget announcement.
  • NCB initiatives include programs funded from the reinvestment envelopes as well as from additional provincial/territorial sources.
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