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  • As of March 31, 2010, about 83,000 child and spousal support cases were enrolled in the maintenance enforcement programs from eight provinces and territories. Collectively, these provinces and territories represent 18% of the Canadian population.

  • In almost all support cases enrolled in a maintenance enforcement program, the recipients were women and the beneficiaries were children. As of March 31, 2010, there were about 91,000 children 18 years and under involved in these cases, representing 6% of the total population 18 years and under in the eight provinces and territories.

  • About 80% of total cases enrolled had an active support obligation in March 2010. Median regular monthly support payment due for all cases was approximately $300. In general, as the number of child beneficiaries increases, so too does the amount of support.

  • In March 2010, almost three-quarters of cases where the recipient was owed regular support during the month received a payment. In most of these cases, the full payment was collected.

  • About 83% of total payments due were collected from payors and other sources, such as garnishments and federal interceptions, in 2009/2010. For cases enrolled the entire year, the median amount collected in the fiscal year was $3,200.

  • As of March 31, 2010, just over half of cases did not owe arrears or owed an amount less than two times the monthly payment due. Arrears can accrue from missed payments, either in March or in a previous month that have not been made up. Almost half of cases already owe arrears upon enrolment.

  • In general, the proportion of children enrolled as well as the amounts due and collected were consistent across the 76 metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas of the eight jurisdictions examined in this report. New Glasgow, Nova Scotia and Campbellton, New Brunswick were the areas with the highest proportion of children enrolled (12%). The median monthly payment due was highest for payors in Wood Buffalo, Alberta ($441 for cases involving one child beneficiary).

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