In November 2007, the provincial government quietly announced it was considering distributing debit cards to its income assistance clients. The government would then use those cards to make welfare payments to those clients. But that initiative seems to have gotten off-schedule. At that time that announcement was made, the government anticipated it would be launching a bid process in about three months to find a financial institution to run the debit card program. However, it wasn't until yesterday that that request for proposal was issued, with a closing date set for December 15.
November 5, 2008