Starting July 1, Nunavummiut who access the Government of Nunavut’s Income Assistance Program can earn more money, and open a savings account, without having that income clawed back from their monthly cheques.

Under the current system, clients are permitted to earn $200 without penalty. But after reforms, they will be allowed to earn another $600, however only half would be exempt and the other half would be clawed back from their income assistance cheque.