Increases to income assistance rates that were announced in the 2024-25 provincial budget will come into effect on May 1, 2024.

On that date seniors, individuals and families with low incomes utilizing Saskatchewan Income Support (SIS) or Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID) will see their monthly income assistance benefits rise by 3 per cent.

This marks the third increase in as many years for SIS clients, with $7.4 million invested which will bring about a $90 per month increase for households using the program. This includes a $60 per month jump in the Adult Basic Benefit and Shelter Benefit, as well as a $30 increase to the Alternate Heating Benefit per month.

These changes also raise the benefits for SAID recipients for the second year in a row, with $6.34 million investment slated to increase monthly Living Income Benefits by up to $55 per household. It is noted that SAID covers recipients' actual utility costs, including alternative heating costs.

May 1, 2024, also brings changes to SIS and SAID earned income exemptions for those who are single or couples without dependent children. Allowing more income to be gained from employment before benefits are impacted.

The Personal Care Home Benefit monthly income threshold will also increase by the end of April by $100 to $2,500 to assist in making the cost of living in a licensed personal care home more affordable for seniors.

The ministry notes that since 2007 the investment in monthly income assistance programs has risen by $332.6 million, an increase of 108.1 per cent.