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Published Date: March 29, 2012
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09 Non-Continuous Needs

Natal and Adoptive Needs Payment

AUTHORITY

Income Support, Training and Health Benefits Regulation, Schedule 4, Section 17
BFE/ETW & Full-Time Learners Ministerial Order: Section 24, Schedules 1, 2, and 4

INTENT

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

POLICY

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.

Substantiation
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.

Rate
$250 per child

Need Code
1819  Natal Allowance

PROCEDURE

LISA automatically posts this benefit to the Scratch Pad.

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