Anyone with an outstanding warrant for a serious crime will have a tougher time getting employment and income assistance in Manitoba.
The province will discontinue, reduce or deny employment and income assistance (EIA) benefits for people with outstanding warrants for serious crimes in an effort to encourage them to come forward and take responsibility, Justice Minister Andrew Swan announced Friday.
"This is an important part of an overall government strategy to address the issue of outstanding warrants," Swan said.
"It complements the work of the Manitoba Integrated Warrant Apprehension Unit that is out there every day tracking down individuals with outstanding warrants."
Provisions are in place to minimize the impact on innocent family members and if two or more people are in the household, there will be no reduction in basic benefits for things like rent, utilities and health care, Swan noted, adding that eligibility for EIA can be reinstated once a person confirms they have dealt with the outstanding warrant issue.