Alberta parents leaving welfare can keep health benefits

Province launches new program to encourage people to take entry-level positions that don't have health benefits
||Last Updated: 11/18/2002

Alberta parents who find a job and no longer receive financial assistance from the province’s welfare program will be able to keep their health benefits under a new program announced by the provincial government.

To qualify for the program, which launches Nov. 1, parents must have dependent children and must be leaving welfare for employment. The health benefits will be subject to an annual review based on the net income of the parents.

“Our goal is to help people move from income support into the workforce while managing taxpayers’ dollars wisely,” said Clint Dunford, Alberta’s human resources and employment minister. “Offering health benefits to parents who leave income support eliminates a potential barrier to employment and helps families stay healthy and continue working.”