With many cuts coming out of the provincial budget recently, one of them was funeral grants for the families of individuals who are on social assistance. Previously the rate was $3,850 and was reduced to $2,100, with the families or funeral home required to pay for the service or ritual.
But now, Dayna Chamberlain, General Manager and Vice President at W.J. Jones and Sons Funeral Home, says the province has reinstated some funding.
"With these changes, it allows a maximum of $700 to use towards a service, so whatever that service may be." explained Chamberlain. "At least there's something there that's given to the families."
Chamberlain added that the City of Moose Jaw also provides a cemetery plot for those who receive the social services grant.