An Economic Unit is defined as any individuals in a marital or conjugal relationship and children under 21. When an Economic Unit is determined to exist, SD will consider it one unit, and therefore determine eligibility for only one assistance cheque.
When a dependent of a social assistance recipient turns 21 while attending an accredited education institution, an exemption allowing them to remain on the parent’s case may be provided until such time the dependent is no longer attending an accredited education institution.
An individual may be considered as a separate case from their spouse or partner when the spouse or partner is between 16 and 18 years of age and:
- not legally married to the individual or;
- not a dependent of the individual
Economic Units residing in the parental home are ineligible to receive income assistance unless one of the following exemptions apply:
- Adult Child With Income
- Blind, Deaf or Disabled
- Persons who are leaving abusive relationships
- Individuals Living In Their Parental Home