Aboriginal Canadians and direct deposit
(NC)—The federal government is phasing out cheques in favour of direct deposits, a move that will affect Aboriginal Canadians, except for those living in remote regions without access to a bank or financial institution. The transition to electronic payments for federal benefits such as the Child Care Benefit, Old Age Security pensions and Canada Pension plan will be complete by 2016. Signing up for direct deposit can be done at your local bank or financial institution or by calling 1-800-O-Canada. No Internet connection or computer is required. Direct deposit simply means the funds will be deposited into your bank account directly rather than through a cheque in the mail.
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