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Source of Income

Source of income refers to where or how you obtain your income and usually applies to people receiving income from sources other than employment.  Some examples include but are not limited to:

*   Social Assistance
*   Employment Insurance
*   Canada Pension
*   Old Age Security

There is an important difference between source of income and amount or level of income.  For Example, a landlord may decide not to rent to someone that does not have the amount of income necessary to make monthly rental payments.  However, a landlord should not base a rental decision on where the income comes from. 

Consider these scenarios:

Scenario 1:
Samantha is receiving social assistance.  She applies to rent an apartment but is turned down.  The landlord tells her that he does not rent to "people on social assistance."

Scenario 2:

Albert and Edith are retired.  Their income comes from government pension funds and RRSP's.  When Albert and Edith purchase a new car, they want to finance it through the car dealer.  However, the finance company turns down their application because they are receiving a pension.

In scenario one, Samantha may be experiencing discrimination based on her source of income in the area of accommodation.

In scenario two, Albert and Edith may be experiencing discrimination based on their source of income in the area of services.

As long as Samantha can pay her rent, and Albert and Edith can make their car payments, where their income comes from is irrelevant.


The Government of Prince Edward Island, Crown agencies, and regional health authorities can require that persons be receiving social assistance benefits in order to qualify for access to certain accommodations, services, programs, or facilities established to assist persons who are receiving social assistance benefits, such as employment training programs.

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