NWT Housing Corporation exempts retroactive Universal Child Care Benefit payments

Jul 31 2015

YELLOWKNIFE (July 31, 2015) – The Northwest Territories Housing Corporation (NWTHC) will exempt public housing tenants receiving the Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) in the same manner recently announced for NWT residents on income assistance.

Following Premier McLeod’s announcement on July 24, 2015 that the GNWT would exempt the federal retroactive Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) payments as a source of income for calculating income assistance, Minister Responsible for the NWT Housing Corporation Robert C. McLeod strongly believed public housing tenants should benefit from the full retroactive payment in the same way as other NWT residents with children. 

“The NWTHC supports this exemption because it helps us to ensure that our public housing system continues to be responsive to the needs of our residents,” said Minister McLeod. “This move is another example of the NWTHC working together with other agencies and departments to provide improved consistency in delivering social programs.”

The UCCB is a taxable benefit and eligible residents are expected to receive retroactive payments over the next few weeks. Ongoing monthly UCCB payments would remain an income source for public housing tenants.

Providing opportunities for NWT residents to live stronger, more independent lives is one of the goals of the 17th Assembly.

Media inquiries:
Cara Bryant
Communications Advisor
Northwest Territories Housing Corporation
Tel: (867) 873-7854
Email: cara_bryant@gov.nt.ca