In New Brunswick, 6,908 social assistance recipients (91.39% of whom are single) were registered in the extended benefits program, meaning that they were recognized as persons with disabilities. They receive $9,528, which is the lowest amount of income in the country.
All individuals living with a disability who are on social assistance are in the category of low income as defined by the Market Basket Measure. Each of them cannot meet their basic needs in terms of food, shelter, transportation, clothing, etc. As the table below shows, a person living in Moncton does not have the income to meet the minimum cost of living.
Minimum Cost of Living for Mobility Impaired Monctonians
|Basic Needs||Males 31 to 50 years old||Females 31 to 50 years old|
|Housing – One-Bedroom Apartment||782$||782$|
|Housing – Lights & Heat||117$||117$|
|Clothing & Personal||135$||135$|
|Total costs per month||1,408$||1 368$|
|Total cost per year||16,896$||16 416$|
|Market Basket Measure 2015||17,746$||17746$|
Year after year, the situation of these citizens does not improve since the basic rate has not increased since 2014, and when we take into account the inflation rate, we realize once again that these beneficiaries have all experienced a considerable decrease in their purchasing power.