For the third year in a row, eligible beneficiaries of the Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID) program will be receiving an increase to their monthly benefits, beginning June 1, 2014.
“We are committed to making Saskatchewan the best place in Canada for people with disabilities to live,” Social Services Minister June Draude said. “Benefit increases to the SAID program are one of the ways in which our government is helping to make this a reality. Our government remains committed to supporting this important program both now and well into the future.”
The amount of the benefit increase is based on family size and living arrangements, as detailed below:
Single persons receiving care in a residential care setting (i.e., family home, personal care home, group home, approved private-service home, special care home or long term care facility), will receive an increase of up to $20 per month;
Single persons or single parents who rent, own a home, or live in board and room accommodation, will receive an increase of up to $50 per month; and
Couples with no children or two parent families who rent, own a home, or live in board and room accommodation, will receive an increase of up to $55 per month.
It is anticipated that more than 12,000 households will receive an increase to their SAID benefits.
The 2014-15 Provincial Budget for the SAID program is $173.6 million, which includes approximately $5.1 million for the benefit increases starting in June.
The SAID program, developed in collaboration with members of the disability community, was introduced in 2009 with the goal of providing a dignified income support program for persons with significant and enduring disabilities. Government continues to work closely with the community on further program enhancements.