Employment and Income Assistance Facts
Employment Income - Participants Receiving Benefits More than Once per Month
Employment income and your benefits
Part of your employment income is deducted from your monthly assistance benefits, but you may keep up to $200 of your net monthly earnings plus 30% of your net monthly earnings over $200. The amount of earnings that you get to keep is called your “earnings exemption”
- Child Care: Subsidized - you must pay the first $1 per day per child. EIA will allow you the expense of the extra cost, or $1 per day per child when calculating your benefits.
- Child Care: Non-subsidized - This type of care is only to be used if you and your worker agree that this is the best child care choice. You must pay the first $1 per day per child, but EIA will allow the expense of the extra $1 per day per child when calculating your benefits.
Getting the right benefits when working
To make sure you get the right amount of assistance you must:
- Tell your worker:
- where you
- what your job is
- when you started
- how many hours per week you will work
- how much you will earn
- cost of child care per day, if needed
- You will need to call in your earnings each time you get paid. Your worker will
give you a telephone number that you must call each time
you get paid. Please see the telephone Income Reporting
in Winnipeg information sheet for how to report your earnings.
- An Income Declaration Statement will be mailed to you around the 7th of each
month. Fill it out and attach your pay stubs, and child
care receipts if you have them, after your last paycheque
of the month and send it to the address listed on the form.
After your worker has received the information about how much you were paid,
your worker will work out how much assistance you will receive
You will continue to receive money from EIA each month until your net earnings
plus any other income you receive is higher than a certain
limit. This limit is based on your family's needs and your
budget with EIA. If you don't know what your budget is, please
ask your worker to explain your budget to you.
When you have employment income:
- If the program directly pays
your rent or utilities, this payment method may be cancelled
and you pay the rent and utilities yourself.
- If your income is enough to meet your needs, you may no longer qualify for assistance.
If you need more information about employment income, please ask your worker.
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