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Published Date: January 01, 2019
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09 Non-Continuous Needs

Natal and Adoptive Needs Payment

Income and Employment Supports Act, section 10
Income Support, Training and Health Benefits Regulation, Schedule 4, section 17
Ministerial Order 2018-19, Appendix D: Schedule 4 - Supplementary Income Support Rates


To assist with the additional costs associated with having a newborn baby.


The full natal allowance is provided (for infant clothing, toiletries, crib, mattress, bedding, high chair, stroller and infant car seat) only once for each pregnancy/child when one of the following conditions are met.

  • The applicant, recipient or a dependant within the household is pregnant and is within 1 month of their expected due date or
  • A child has been adopted or born into a household and the child is not more than twelve months old.

Households where a dependant has a child are also eligible if they meet the above conditions.

Verbal statement or Worker’s knowledge of client’s situation, and if in doubt:

  • A letter from their physician or nurse practitioner indicating their due date, or
  • An official document containing the child’s name and birthdate such as a birth certificate, hospital records, PHN, etc.

$256 per child

Need Code
1819  Natal Allowance


LISA automatically posts this benefit to the Scratch Pad.

The worker records the name of the dependant for which the benefit was issued.