Social Development

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SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT REPORT 2012-2013

Social Development is fully reimbursable program in which AANDC will reimburse the Band for all expenditures that comply with the AANDC Social Development Handbook. If Social Development gives monies to its clients which do not fall within AANCS guidelines theses monies are deemed to be Non-reimbursable. Once categorized as Non-reimbursable the monies are not refunded and fall directly back on Sturgeon Lake Administration to payback to AANDC.

The Active Measure Initiative has been promoted by AANDC over the last four years and was implemented to decrease Social Development Assistance dependency. This would be accomplished by increasing labour force participation and employment for First Nation members. The Initiatives long-term goal of creating incentives and capacity for individuals, allowing clients to pursue education and training, and also decreasing barriers to allow full participation in the economy, resulting in economic growth and alleviating projected labor shortages in the region,

As past of the Active Measures and Income Assistance Eligibility policy, every employable applicant between the ages of 18 and 25 years must take every possible effort to secure employment an/or training/upgrading as required. Social Development staff has been assisting clients in this target area to participate in furthering their education and increasing opportunity for employment.

Active Measures will help individuals join the labor market in five ways:

  1. by providing greater access to career planning, skills development and employment counseling services;
  2. by providing greater access to literacy, adult basic education and workplace essential skills training;
  3. by providing transitional supports, such as training allowances, to improve access to short-term training opportunities;
  4. by providing supports such as transportation and child care; and,
  5. by working with employers and industry to align skills training with the demands of the labor market and economy.

ISE – Initial Steps to Employment (Previously call WOP) (Employer subsidized program)

The objectives of the Initial Steps to Employment programs are to:

  1. Increase access to on and off-reserve work experience opportunities for people on-reserve who would otherwise be employed;
  2. Assist Income Assistance clients with improving employability and gaining meaningful work experience.
  3. Increase individual and community independence by a more constructive utilization of Income Assistance funds in combination with funds from employers.

SSD – Stabilization & Skills Development (Previously called ASETS)

The Objective of this program is to enable, support and assist eligible on-reserve Income Assistance clients developing or acquire necessary skills required to enter vocational training or educational programs that will result in employment.

National Child Care Benefit-Reinvestment

History of the National Child Benefit Initiative

The National Child Benefit (NCB) Initiative has been in operation since 1998 following an agreement of the Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Social Services that governments, including First Nations, should work together to address the problem of child poverty in Canada.

The NCB Initiative consists of two main elements: an income supplement provided by the federal government (NBC Supplement – This is provided to low-income families with Children as part of the Canada Child Tax Benefit); and the reinvestment of the money saved from the supplement into projects to support low-income families with children (NCB Reinvestment – This is provided to the First Nation to fund programs for low-income families.)

2011 – 2012 NCBR Allocation                                    2012 – 2013 NCBR Allocation

Child Nutrition                     $145,483                        Child Nutrition                  $133,483

Childcare                              $30,000                       Childcare                              $30,900

Cultural Enrichment            $110,110                      Cultural Enrichment            $108,110

Administration                     $107,360                      Administration                     $103,891

Home to work Transition     $322,754                      Home to work Transition    $297,758

                     TOTAL:        $715,707                                            TOTAL:          $674,142

The main goal of the National Child Reinvestment program is to reduce the dependency of First Nations peoples of Social Assistance. The program achieves this by educating, training and providing support and Cultural awareness. The following is a list of the programs that have been, and are currently being implemented my NCBR.

 

2011-2012 NCBR Programs 2012-2013 NCBR Programs
Sacred Circle Youth Camp Sacred Circle Youth Camp
Sturgeon Lake Radio Sturgeon Lake Radio
Driver’s Education Driver’s Education
Life Skills Project Life Skills Project
SLFN Education Nutrition SLFN Education Nutrition
SLFN Daycare SLFN Daycare
Christmas Distribution Christmas Distribution
Adult ABE 12 ABE Pre 10
Geo-Thermal Maintenance School Maintenance
Literacy Level 1 Community Transportation Program

Community Transportation Program

The Community Transportation program has been operating since 2012 and has been successful. Employment opportunities are a challenge for community members. That’s why we believe this transportation project is so important. Active Measures are activities and processes that assist community members to become more self-sufficient and an active participant in the labor market.

The need for public transportation has been identified frequently by the community members of Sturgeon Lake First Nation as a barrier. Public transportation would benefit community members currently lacking affordable transportation to participate and reduce the following identified barriers:

  1. Members are unable to complete job searches due to lack of employment in Sturgeon Lake and would like to expand employment opportunities,
  2. Members are having difficulty retaining employment due to lack of transportation.
  3. Students are unable to maintain attendance to programs therefore have been asked to withdraw from programs due to lack of affordable transportation.

To be eligible for this program:

Community members must be actively searching for employment or attending job interviews.

Or Community members must be employed off-reserve.

Or Community members must be currently enrolled in training/education programs that are not offered on reserve.

Social Development Department finished the year of 2012-2013 with a total for non-reimbursable of $2126.03

Previous years non-reimbursable are:

2011-2012 – $807.67

2010-2011 – $634.29

Social Development in 2012-2013 had an average caseload of 345 clients. This is a 8% reduction from the 372 clients that were receiving Social Assistance in 2011-2012. This reduction can be credited to the National Child Benefit Reinvestment program, and the new Active Measures Initiative implemented by AANDC.

Of the 345 clients currently on IA (average):

292 clients are employable, 53 of the 345 are deemed unemployable by medical practitioners.

128 of the 345 clients are between the ages of 18-25.

8 clients participated in ISE projects (Initial Steps to Employment)

2 clients participated in SSD projects (ABE Pre10 and ABE12)

– ABE 12 – 9 clients registered and 5 completed.

– ABE-Pre10 – 12 Clients registered and 6 completed.