Social Assistance

The Wagmatcook Social Assistance Department is responsible for assisting community members with the day to day needs that assists individuals and families to provide income assistance that helps to cover such things as:

  • Basic needs – financial assistance to cover food, clothing and shelter;
  • Special needs – financial assistance for special needs allowances for goods and services that are essential to the physical and social well-being of a client but not included as items of basic needs, such as special diets, etc.;
  • Pre-employment supports – financial assistance may be provided to support activities that may include counselling and life skills, training in essential skills, transfers of income assistance entitlements to training and work experience projects; and
  • Service delivery – funding provided to First Nations administrators such as Tribal Councils, Chief and Council or the host province/territory to cover service delivery.

The first three components follow requirements established by the provinces/territories and are volatile to changes in benefits and rates while the last one is set by the Department of Aboriginal Affairs & Northern Development Canada (AANDC).

Funding is provided to First Nations via one of two types of funding arrangements:

  • A Comprehensive Funding Arrangement (CFA) is a one-year funding arrangement with an eligible recipient. The program is delivered within a CFA under a reimbursement of actuals regime, and funds are transferred to the Recipient via Contribution Agreements (or, in rare cases, Grants).
  • A Canada/First Nations Funding Agreement (CFNFA) is a block-funded agreement of up to five years, which contains a common set of funding terms and conditions in the main body of the agreement, is more flexible than the CFA and allows longer-term planning. The CFNFA defines minimum standards for a local accountability framework to give Recipients increased authority over program design, delivery and managing funds. First Nations can decide how to use the funds and may redesign programs to meet specific community needs, as long as they meet minimum delivery standards. Funding is fixed and based on amounts established at the onset of the agreement.

Funding formulae allocations for service delivery are made largely based on on-reserve population size as opposed to income assistance dependency rates.

Detailed information can be found on the AANDC website .

For more information, please contact Juanita Pierro or Kim Denny at (902) 295-3398, Monday to Friday from 9:00am – 4:00pm.