Employment Support & Income Assistance (ESIA)

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The Employment Support and Income Assistance (ESIA) program helps by giving you money for living costs, or providing other kinds of help, when you are unable to support yourself or your family. The ESIA Program is where you can turn when you have no other reasonable options.


  • Income Assistance (IA)
    This program provides people in financial need with assistance with basic needs such as food, rent, utilities like heat and electricity, and clothing.
  • Employment Support Services (ESS)
    This program helps people on Income Assistance to become more self-sufficient.

Hear about the latest changes to our Income Assistance Program

Appeal of an ESIA Decision