October 2017

6.4: Board And Lodging

Legislative Authority

Sections 5 and 7 of the Act.
Section 44(1) of Regulation 134/98.

Audit Requirements

Adequate documentation is on file to support the level of board and lodging issued.

There is no duplication in the issuance of assistance, and calculations are fair and consistent.

Application of Policy

A board and lodging situation is one in which a recipient and the members of his/her benefit unit receive food and shelter from the same source, but does not include a place that has been approved as an emergency shelter.

When it is unclear if an applicant or recipient is living in a rental or board and lodging situation, their food preparation practices are reviewed. If the applicant or recipient purchases and prepares their own food, then he/she is considered a renter (see Directive 6.3: Shelter for more information). If the landlord purchases and prepares the food, the applicant or recipient is considered a boarder, and a board and lodging allowance is provided.

Assistance for an applicant or recipient in a board and lodging situation is calculated based on the actual boarding and lodging cost up to the maximum, in accordance with the following table:

Dependants other than a spouse Dependants 18 Years or Older Dependants 0-17 Years Recipient Recipient and spouse
0 0 0 $ 525 $ 677
1 0
1
1
0
654
740
740
777
2 0
1
2
2
1
0
725
811
859
800
837
872
3 0
1
2
3
3
2
1
0
792
878
926
964
860
897
932
967

For each additional dependant of a sole support parent:
add $118 if the dependant is 18 years of age or older
add $67 if the dependant is 0 - 17 years of age
Otherwise, for each additional dependant:
add $98 if the dependant is 18 years of age or older
add $60 if the dependant is 0 - 17 years of age

Remote Communities Allowance

If the applicant or recipient resides north of the 50th parallel and is without year round road access, an additional amount is provided in accordance with the following table:

Number of Dependants Other than a Spouse Recipient Recipient and Spouse
0 $267 $397
1 413 477
2 503 569
3 596 662

For each additional dependant, add $97.

Special Boarder Allowance

A Special Boarder Allowance of $69 is paid to each benefit unit in a board and lodging situation.

Examples

  1. A single individual pays $392 board and lodging. Assistance is calculated as follows:

    $392 - Board and Lodging
    $  69 - Special Boarder Allowance
    $461 - Total Assistance

  2. A single individual pays $400 board and lodging. Assistance is calculated as follows:

    $400 - Board and Lodging
    $  69 - Special Boarder Allowance
    $469 - Total Assistance

  3. A couple with one ten-year-old child living north of the 50th parallel pays $652 board and lodging. Assistance is calculated as follows:

    $  652 - Board and Lodging
    $  477 - Remote Communities Allowance
    $    69 - Special Boarder Allowance
    $1198 - Total Assistance

Advanced Age Allowance

Each member of the benefit unit who is 65 years of age or older receives an Advanced Age Allowance of $43 per month.

Shared Custody

There are specific calculation rules for applicants and recipients who share custody of their dependent children (see Directive 3.9: Dependent Children for more information).

Other Amounts

Where applicable, additional amounts may be provided to: