The province will be increasing social assistance food rates early in the New Year.

The biggest increases will come for single individuals. Single individuals will see their monthly assured income food rates increase from $233 per month to $342 per month, an increase of 47 per cent. A couple with one child under the age of 12 will see benefits increase from $570 per month to $777, an increase of 36 per cent. A couple with two children under the age of 12 will see benefits increase from $644 to $885 per month, an increase of 37 per cent.