October 31, 2013 2:14 pm

Saskatchewan stepping up child and spousal support enforcement

Sean Kilpatrick / The Canadian Press

REGINA – The Saskatchewan government is targeting hunters and anglers as it steps up measures to enforce child and spousal support payments.

Under new rules, the maintenance enforcement office will not issue hunting or angling licences to people who are behind in their payments.

“These amendments will provide another tool to ensure that individuals who owe child support or spousal support will meet their obligations,” said Saskatchewan Justice Minister Gordon Wyant.

Wyant said the new measures will only be used after the defaulting payer has received notices and warnings.

Individuals would also receive 30 days notification of restrictions to obtain a licence.

Current enforcement measures include garnishing wages and payments from the federal government, being reported to a credit bureau and possible suspensions of driver’s licences or passports.

The province has one of the highest collection rates for overdue payments at 91 per cent for the 2012-13 fiscal year, amounting to more than $39 million.

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