The provincial government is making some changes to certain benefits that people on social services receive.
One of them involves those who get money for special dietary needs.
Those who were on a 3000 plus calorie benefit will now see their benefit decided by a health professional as they will visit a dietitian so the money allotted can more accurately reflect what is needed.
Social services minister Tina Beaudry-Mellor is advising those affected to visit a health professional soon.
“They will be getting notice in the mail,” Beaudry-Mellor said. “So, they will have until October 1st for the changes made. So they do have some time to make appointments with medical professionals.”
Beaudry-Mellor adds a home repair benefit for people on income assistance will be discontinued and replaced by a program which will see the amount of money available for emergency repairs increase from a maximum of $6,000 to $12,000.
The changes don’t come as a surprise as the province had announced they would be reviewing certain benefits in the department after the provincial budget was brought down.