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Expected to Work/Barriers to Full Employment Policy & Procedures

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

Employment Training and Transition Supports


Income Support, Training and Health Benefits Regulation, Schedule 4, Section 15
BFE/ETW & Full-Time Learners Ministerial Order: Section 24, Schedules 1, 2, and 4


A benefit available to clients to assist with employment and training opportunities.


This benefit is provided to cover expenses associated with seeking, accepting and/or maintaining employment (or to start self-employment), to participate in an employment preparation program, to participate in a training program, or to participate in an academic upgrading program. Expenses include any good or service which will enhance employability (e.g., clothing, applications, deposits, testing fees before the start of classes, tools, phone and service fees, grooming, meals, transportation, vehicle repairs, etc.). These may be issued to an applicant or recipient who:

  • Is actively seeking employment according to their Service Plan, or
  • Is working or starting confirmed employment (including at a sheltered workshop), or
  • Is starting or participating in an employment preparation program (including employment development services), or
  • Is starting or participating in a training or academic upgrading program in accordance with their Service Plan.

Barriers to Full Employment (BFE) clients attending a day or employment program who require transportation should have travel issued under the Transportation to Day or Employment Program policy.


The worker’s knowledge of the client’s situation, and if the need is identified as part of the client’s Employability Assessment and included on the Service Plan, no further documentation is required.

If in doubt, additional documentation may be requested, such as:

  • A written job confirmation (or documented contact) from the client’s employer or training provider,
  • Invoices or written estimates for specific needs or costs. 

    Up to $500 for each adult in the household per calendar year (January 1 to December 31)

    Need Code
    1827  Employment Training and Transition Supports – Head of Household
      Employment Training and Transition Supports – Partner


LISA automatically posts any portion of this benefit issued to the Scratch Pad.