AB urged to reconsider reducing SFAA age eligibility

July 23, 2021
The Government of Alberta is being urged to reconsider its decision to reduce the age of eligibility for the Support and Financial Assistance Agreement program from 24 to 22 years of age, which postsecondary students who previously have spent time in care are saying will cause challenges to those in similar situations. The reduced eligibility would see older Albertan youth in government care no longer able to access supports such as funds for rent, groceries, and health benefits. NDP Critic for Children’s Services Rakhi Pancholi told CBC that the cut endangers hundreds of vulnerable Albertans: “The hard truth is that most of these young Albertans will not find work and will fall into poverty,” said Pancholi. The Edmonton Journal and CBC estimate that 450 to 500 recipients will be affected by the decision. Children’s Services spokeswoman Becca Polak pointed to other programs that youth will remain eligible for, such as the Advancing Futures Program, which supports 18-to-24-year-old youth pursuing postsecondary education. Edmonton Journal | CBC | CBC (AB)