An Economic Household is defined as two or more persons residing together who share the responsibilities of the household and benefit economically from the sharing of food, shelter and/or facilities. When an Economic Household is determined to exist, Social Development will consider it one household, and therefore determine eligibility for only one assistance cheque.
Social Development determines economic households to exist even though there is no marital, familial, or conjugal relationship among the members of the household. This policy was developed in order to ensure people are not discriminated on the basis of gender, marital status or sexual orientation. The determination of an economic household will often result in assistance being refused, cancelled or decreased, depending on the particular circumstances.
EXCEPTIONS TO THE ECONOMIC HOUSEHOLD POLICY INCLUDE:
- Adult Child With Income
- Blind, Deaf or Disabled
- Boarding Accommodations
- Deinstitutionalized Project
- Designated Needs
- Elderly Parent(s) Living with Their Adult Child (Children)
- Persons who are leaving abusive relationships
- Special Designation
- Long-Term Needs
- Rental Accommodations
- Single Parents
- Student Roommates
- Transitional Assistance Clients (including Single Employable) In Their Parental Home