Earlier, we reported on the Campbell administration's pre-election budget, which forecasts a two year $740 million deficit. But there's a chance that deficit could be higher. The reason: according to the government, increases in the use of income assistance and children and family services is one of the major risks to its fiscal plan. That plan accounts for a six percent increase in the income assistance caseload in fiscal 2009/10. But the ministry of children and family development isn't accounting for any increase in the average number of children in care. The reason: children presently in care are going to be aging out of that program. And the ministry believes preventive strategies can keep new children from being taken into care.
February 17, 2009