Feds ask­ing do­mes­tic abuse vic­tims to face abusers for child ben­e­fit: NDP

Cape Breton Post - - Canada -

OT­TAWA – The op­po­si­tion New Democrats say some women who are flee­ing do­mes­tic abuse are be­ing told they need to get a form signed by their abuser in or­der to col­lect the Lib­eral gov­ern­ment’s vaunted child ben­e­fit.

The NDP says con­stituents have been com­ing to their of­fices with let­ters from the Canada Rev­enue Agency, which over­sees ben­e­fit pay­ments, ask­ing them to ver­ify that they are el­i­gi­ble for the monthly al­lowance.

The agency has mul­ti­ple ways to de­ter­mine which par­ent should re­ceive the ben­e­fit in cases of sep­a­ra­tion or di­vorce, in­clud­ing hav­ing a par­ent pro­vide doc­u­ments from a doc­tor, den­tist, so­cial worker or reli­gious leader to iden­tify the pri­mary care­giver.

The agency’s web­site says that “a fe­male par­ent who lives with the child” is usu­ally con­sid­ered to be the pri­mary care­giver.

One New Demo­crat from B.C., how­ever, says none of those av­enues was open to one of his con­stituents.

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