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Getting rid of sexism in Indian Act to cost taxpayers $407-million annually: PBO

By Jolson Lim      

Under the latest version of the bill, the PBO estimates 670,000 additional First Nations persons are eligible to register for Indian status and that 40 per cent of that total could be expected to register.

Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett, pictured before Question Period on Nov. 1, has said the passing of S-3 is the first step of a two-step process that continues with a consultation to begin next year. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The latest iteration of legislation expanding Indian status eligibility to all Indigenous women and descendants who previously lost it or did not qualify would cost the federal government an additional $407-million each year, according to an assessment from the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) released Tuesday.

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