NOTICE: Social Assistance cheques to Electronic Fund Transfers (EFT)

Notice to the Members of the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation

Background:

Over the past several years, Brokenhead Ojibway Nation has experienced fraudulent cheque cashing at its businesses. A directive was sent on December 10, 2018 to the Managers of the BON Businesses for recommendations on cheque cashing at the businesses.  The report back to Council from the Managers preferred getting out of cheque cashing all together because it places zero risk and loss to the BON Businesses.

At a duly convened meeting of the BON Development Corporation on November 19, 2019, Directors voted unanimously to implement the Managers recommendations to stop cashing cheques in all BON Businesses.  This decision was followed up with a Motion to adopt the BON Development Corporation decision at a duly convened BON Chief and Council meeting on November 25, 2019.

Effective March 1, 2020, Brokenhead Ojibway Nation will be transitioning all accounts payable and Social Assistance cheques to Electronic Fund Transfers (EFT). 

Transition Activities and Supports for Band Members:

Coordination of BON Programs and external service providers to assist with this transition will take place starting January 2020 and will include:

  • Assisting Band Members with obtaining identification needed to open a bank account. This will include BON Membership, BON Income Assistance, BON EAST Resource Center and Service Canada.
  • Arrange for various Banking institutions to come to the EAST Resource Center to educate Band Members on the various Banking Institutions, types of Bank Accounts and if you don’t have a Bank Account sign you up for a Bank Account

Long Term Benefits

The benefits of Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) is a cost savings to BON and could translate into approximately $12-14,000 dollars in saved banking costs.  The benefit to the vendor and clients is payment directly into your account.

Request for your Banking Information and Email address

Brokenhead Ojibway Nation encourages everyone to provide their banking information and their email transfer information to BON finance department to begin the EFT transition.

Please direct this information to Linda Seaman- BON Finance

Respectfully,
Brokenhead Ojibway Nation Chief & Council

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