November 19, 2019
The payments that Nunavut welfare recipients receive each year are dramatically lower than what their counterparts in Yukon and the Northwest Territories receive, a new report shows.
And if you subtract the value of social housing benefits, Nunavut’s annual welfare income in 2018 was close to that paid to welfare recipients living in southern Canada.
The report, titled Welfare in Canada, was issued by a national non-profit anti-poverty organization called Maytree.
For 2018, an unemployed couple with two children living in Iqaluit could expect to receive a total welfare income in 2018 of only $29,561, the Maytree report found.
That’s a little less than in Ontario, where a couple in the same situation would get $30,998 in 2018, or Manitoba, where the figure was $29,918.