Changes to em­ploy­ment pro­grams pay­ment sys­tem

The Southern Gazette - - NEWS -

The Depart­ment of Ad­vanced Ed­u­ca­tion and Skills has ad­vised in­di­vid­u­als who re­ceive fund­ing through em­ploy­ment pro­grams un­der the federal-provin­cial Labour Mar­ket De­vel­op­ment Agree­ment (LMDA) of changes to their pay­ment sched­ule.

The changes are the re­sult of a new com­puter sys­tem.

Of the 2,500 in­di­vid­u­als re­ceiv­ing ben­e­fits, some 1,825 will ex­pe­ri­ence a one-time change to the cur­rent pay­ment sched­ule. Per­sons sched­uled to re­ceive a reg­u­lar pay­ment Mar. 13 will in­stead re­ceive pay­ment a week ear­lier Mar. 6.

Pay­ments will then con­tinue for the reg­u­lar twoweek pe­riod start­ing Mar. 20. There is no change to the amount of ben­e­fits re­ceived.

If in­di­vid­u­als re­ceive pay­ments through di­rect de­posit, the new sys­tem will is­sue a di­rect de­posit state­ment to the email ad­dress on file.

The Depart­ment of Ad­vanced Ed­u­ca­tion and Skills has sent letters to people who have client agree­ment files funded through the Federal-Provin­cial Labour Mar­ket De­vel­op­ment Agree­ment out­lin­ing the new for­mat.

Any­one with ques­tions can con­tact their Agree­ment Man­ager, by call­ing the Labour Mar­ket and Ca­reer In­for­ma­tion Hot­line toll-free 1-800-563-6600, or visit the near­est Em­ploy­ment Cen­tre.

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