Failure to pay child, spousal support could result in restrictions: province
There are some new restrictions on hunting and angling licenses, as a result of the province's recent amendments to The Enforcement of Maintenance Orders Act.
“We’ve introduced changes to support the enforcement of child support payments through the restriction of angling and hunting licenses,” said Gordon Wyant, provincial justice minister and attorney general. “What will end up happening is that if there’s arears under a maintenance order, and after certain steps are taken with the maintenance enforcement office with respect to collection, there will be restrictions on whether you can get a hunting or angling license while you’re in arears.”
If individuals haven’t made scheduled child or spousal support payments, the enforcement office can restrict issuing the license. Current regulations are in place for the maintenance office to restrict issuing things such as driver’s licenses based on certain criteria.
“This is another tool that the maintenance enforcement office will have to ensure people comply with their maintenance obligations,” said Wyant.
He said Saskatchewan had a 91 per cent collection rate for payments in the maintenance enforcement office.
“That’s a number we’re very proud of, but we have the opportunity now that the environment ministry is putting (issuing) angling and hunting licenses online, it gives us another tool to ensure that as many people as possible and to the fullest extent comply with their obligations,” said Wyant.
The online registry system gives the government an “effective way” to make sure obligations are met.
He wasn’t able to provide exact numbers of individuals in Saskatchewan with hunting and angling licenses.
“(I’m not sure) how many people would be affected by these changes,” said Wyant. “We’ll have to wait and see in terms of what the effect of (the changes) will be and how that will enhance our collection rates.”
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